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225th AN N I VERS A RY ISSUE OF
A NEWSMAGAZINE published for Alumni and Parents of
GOVERNOR DUMMER ACADEMY
GOVERNOR DUMMER ACADEMY
Anniversary Issue -
With this issue ends the Archon's three-part
i elebration of Governor Dummer Academy's
225th Anniversary. It features the grand
March 1 celebration and takes a look at the
The work begun in this landmark year, will
continue . . . namely the Campaign for
Governor Dummer Academy, the Campaign
To make A Significant Difference. We hope
you will also perpetuate an innovation of this
year by sharing your reminiscences and
photographs of GDA.
The Fall 1988 Arc/ion will feature GDA
Worldwide. If you do now or have ever lived,
worked or studied abroad, please let us hear
The Headmaster's Message
The 225th Anniversary
A moment to remember
The 25 Years Ahead
For Independent Schools
Recruiting in the trough
The coming curriculum
Reunion '88/Anniversary Weekend
The Arts at GDA
The Alumni Association
The Archon is published three times a year
(fall, winter and spring) by Governor
Dummer Academy, Byfield, MA 01922 -
(617) 465-1763. Letters and suggestions are
welcome from graduates, parents and friends
of the Academy, at the above address.
Editor: Linda S. Corbett
Photographer: William Lane
Director of Development:
Director of Alumni Affairs:
Printer: Eagle-Tribune Printing
The 225th Anniversary poster created by Elizabeth Leary '88 (daughter of
Daniel Leary '55) and suitable for framing, is available from the Devel-
opment Office. Please send $5.25 for postage and handling.
The Headmaster's Message
A knock at the door interrupted my office
work late last Saturday afternoon. I
opened the door and was greeted by a
statement: "I am an alumnus."
I am an alumnus ... I am an alumna - a
statement of membership in a family - a vital,
enduring, accelerating family. After the greetings,
this alumnus acted in the traditional pattern of the
Academy. He asked about his teachers - he asked
whether Ed Rybicki was in and how David
Abusamra was doing - and he went off looking for
them. I gave him a copy of Jack Ragle's history of
the Academy as he left. After a decade away, this
alumnus is back, back to participate in the efforts
of our family.
This is an exciting time to return to the family of
Governor Dummer Academy. We have daring and
necessary goals; we have work to do. Each
alumnus and alumna can provide significant help
through gifts to the Campaign and to the Annual
Fund. Each can enlarge the active family by
bringing back a classmate or by providing some of
the many services the family needs.
The purpose of the Campaign for Governor
Dummer Academy is not change, it is
confirmation - confirmation of our strengths and
of our 225-year heritage. The Campaign will
reinforce the tradition of the Master, deepen the
base and expand the breadth of the student body
and provide facilities to enhance the learning
experience. Our enduring strength will depend on
many individual decisions to put a sense of family
into action. There is no middle ground; we shall
come together and we shall succeed.
May 1, 1988
Headmaster Peter Bragdon and Dottie Bragdon
on Anniversary Day, March 1, 1988.
The 225th Anniversary
A moment to remember
The students form an aisle for the formal Procession to Moseley Chapel.
Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy challenges
the students to serve others.
Two hundred twenty-five years ago," said
Headmaster Peter W. Bragdon on March 1,
"dawn broke on the first day of a dream.
Today we pause to recognize the essence of
Governor Dummer Academy, to reflect on our past.
Tomorrow we will head on in our journey."
The students themselves set the celebratory tone of the day
as they formed a human aisle to the Moseley Chapel for the
Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication. When the faculty
processed through, in formal academic attire, the students
burst into spontaneous applause.
Sunlight filtered through the Chapel's rose window as
parents, alumni, students and guests heard the Rev. William
E. Boylan of the Byfield Parish Church read from Isaiah 32:8
- as his predecessor, the Rev. Moses Parsons, had on March
"But the liberal deviseth liberal things," he read, "and by
liberal things shall he stand."
Resplendent in an 18th century wig, faculty emeritus John
Witherspoon then read from the Will of William Dummer,
who left his country estate to found "a Grammar School."
The reading was a role for which Mr. Witherspoon was
uniquely suited: he likewise had read the Will, in costume, at
the Academy's Bicentennial in 1963.
"Lieutenant Governor William Dummer would have been
proud of today," his modern day counterpart, guest speaker
Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy told those gathered in
The Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication in Moseley Chapel.
the Chapel. "All of the historical heritage of the times
you've captured and brought into today." Then she
challenged the students to pick up their heritage and carry it
forward, to "dare to go beyond yourselves and give back to
the community and to the world."
The Anniversary day, under the direction of alumnus
Stephen G. Kasnet '62, continued with a symposium on the
future of independent school education, round table
discussions by faculty, and a luncheon for all in Alumni
Gymnasium. Towering Kevin Harrington, former president
of the Massachusetts State Senate, presented the mid-day
"The liberal education that Governor Dummer provides,"
he said, "was the kind of education required for the success
of the American experiment in democracy . . . education for
life and citizenship, as well as for higher studies.
"For 225 years you have enriched the lives of your students
and advanced the interest, honor, dignity and happiness of a
free, independent and virtuous people. In reflecting today on
your life's work, you must be supremely gratified to know
that not only did you do your work well, but that it was
eminently worth doing."
Receptions and tours filled the afternoon and a temporary
branch of the Byfield Post Office was set up in the Frost
Building to issue a special cancellation stamp honoring the
Anniversary. An Anniversary poster, created by senior
Elizabeth Leary, was available throughout the day.
Faculty emeritus John Witherspoon prepares to
read the Will of William Dummer.
On this of all days,
we remember with
gratitude all those
who, by their
devotion and care,
have sustained and
nurtured the life
of this schooL
May we be faithful
stewards of the
heritage given us
and may the
stories formed by
us in our time
nourish the soil
for those yet
Masters at the Chapel service: Edward Rybicki, Laurel Abusamra, Alexan-
der White, Richard Leavitt and William Sperry.
Faculty emeritus A. Macdonald Murphy shares some secrets of the Little Red Schoolhouse with Jessica Clapp,
Daniel Nadeau, M.J. Forrest and John Costello, all Class of '89.
The crowning event was dinner in Alumni Gym,
transformed for the evening by flowers and balloons and
candlelight. It featured the premiere of two Governor
Dummer Academy videos by parents William and Alice
Kinzie, the requisite birthday cake with 225 candles, revival
of the "Senior Song " by the multi-generation Glee Club,
and oratory by the Headmaster and Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr.
'55, president of the Board of Trustees.
The celebration of the past culminated in the
announcement of Governor Dummer Academy's capital
campaign for the future, To Make A Significant Difference.
"We are here today," said Trustee/ Around-the-world
sailor Dodge Morgan '50, "not because of where this
institution has been, but where it is going."
Then, as more than 500 guests spilled out around Morse
Field, fireworks lit the crystal sky and drew traffic to a halt
on the old Post Road.
Simultaneous celebrations were held in Florida and
California, and the Governor Dummer story, via Associated
Press, appeared in newspapers across the land. Willard Scott
turned up the next morning on NBC-TV's "Today Show"
with his new Governor Dummer Academy T-shirt, and on
March 11, ABC-TV aired a greeting from the student body,
in front of the Little Red Schoolhouse, on "Good Morning,
The journey was underway once more.
School minister Julia Slayton and Headmaster
Peter Bragdon lead the Recession from the Chapel.
Stephen Kasnet '62, chair-
man of the Anniversary ceU
ebration, presides at the
Faculty emeriti Arthur Sager and Benjamin Stone lead the Alumni Glee Club at
the Anniversary dinner.
Folk singer Livingston Taylor entertains students and
guests in Thompson Auditorium.
Kevin Harrington, former Speaker, Massachusetts
Senate, expounds on the values of a liberal education.
School president Lisa Sweeney '88, students and faculty tape a greeting for ABC's "Good Morning America!" It
aired on March 1 1.
225 candles light up Alumni Gymnasium.
Fireworks light up the Byfield sky.
A campaign to match the dream
Dodge W. Morgan '50
Co-Chairman of the Campaign
To make A Significant Difference
We are here today because
our institution was here
225 years ago today. The
school's charter was signed
by John Hancock and Samuel Adams. A
number of students were members of the
Continental Congress. One fell at the
Battle of Bunker Hill . . . one signed the
Constitution of the United States. Gov-
ernor Dummer Academy has delivered
to the world over 7,000 graduates. Our
Academy is the most enduring of all
American boarding schools.
But is that really why we are here nowl
Because this institution is old! I don't
There's an old Maine saying: "Begin as
ya can hold out." We are here today
because of where this institution is going,
not because of where it has been. The
old place has a new leadership and a
renewed mission. Headmaster Peter
Bragdon ... he owns a lofty dream for
this Academy and he leads with his
How I love it when Peter loses himself
in his enthusiasm for what this school
will be: a place imbued with a powerful
sense of community ... a place where
young people are equipped for the world
with the skills of learning and reasoning
... a place of social conscience, of char-
acter, with a solid set of time-tested val-
ues and ideals.
Governor Dummer Academy has had
its share of extraordinary headmasters
and more than its share of great master
teachers; but this era, my friends, could
be written as the Academy's finest hour
since Master Moody began it all 225
years ago. There is no question that the
momentum is underway. Signs are ev-
erywhere ... on this campus, in the halls
of the other premier independent
schools, and in the admissions offices of
the great colleges of this country.
But not all is well in place. To fuel this
positive momentum, the resources of
Governor Dummer Academy must be
Dodge Morgan '50
And so it is that today we embark on a
campaign to match the dream with the
resources to make it happen. Today we
embark on a campaign To make A Sig-
nificant Difference for this Governor
Dummer Academy; over the next three
years we will add to the Academy's fi-
nancial strength $13.8 million.
We have much to accomplish, but I
am going to tell you a secret. We already
have raised $5.1 million bucks of this
We are ready. We have a heritage to
defend. We have a dream to fulfill. Now
we have the opportunity ... a campaign
to secure the future against unforeseen
threat and to fuel the quest for excel-
lence which is underway.
The gifts of history
Peter W. Bragdon
It is fitting that the Mansion House
of Lieutenant Governor William
Dummer is, today, the scene for dis-
covery, for weekly refreshment at
Open House, for final goodbyes at Grad-
uation, for remembrance at Reunion
and for celebration on occasions such as
this. This is where the Academy began
when students joined Master Samuel
Moody for Opening Day on March 1,
The habits and practices of a family
were formed at the outset and the aca-
demic integrity of the Academy
launched with its founding. The student
here is launched into an affair of the
heart which stays present throughout
life. The affection, the code and the
bonds of a family surround the student
and there exists the ever-present remind-
er that the purpose of developing skills is
to serve a cause greater than oneself.
The contact between the master and
student, as it was 225 years ago, is THE
moment of the Academy's education.
The primary charge to anybody guiding
the Academy today, to anybody who
cares about the Academy, is to enlarge
this contact ... to enhance the teaching
experience so the best will come and the
best will stay, to find the young with
heart, ability and curiosity, and to create
the most suitable environment for learn-
There is a touch here ... a long-stand-
ing declaration that each person is pre-
cious and a belief that we should ACT
upon this declaration. Certainly the
Academy was needed during the final
years of the colonies and the early years
of our nation. It is needed even more
now to provide graduates who will not
accept an impersonal, insensitive world.
A family Academy launched in a
home, with the dynamic and continuing
tradition of the master and an attitude
of sensitivity and confidence. . . . These
Headmaster Peter Bragdon
are gifts from our past which will serve
us well in the future. The bonds formed
at the Academy are never broken. The
Graduation Song which for years sur-
rounded the Milestone will again do so
on June 10. This song captures the es-
sence of this remarkable community:
"Strangers once, we came to dwell to-
gether, heirs of the Governor, tried and
true; now we're bound by ties that can-
not sever, all our whole lives through."
A will to leave better
Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr.
President of the Board of Trustees
Ever since Master Moody com-
menced the task of teaching his
boys back in 1763, the tradition
of Governor Dummer Academy
has been to turn individual students into
individual adults. That tradition is one
well worth preserving.
We are here to celebrate the past 225
years and to announce the means by
which students yet to be born will have
the opportunity to experience an even
richer and finer education than we had.
We do not want a GDA great in size,
but rather in ability: the ability to affect
for good the lives of those who come
here to learn, the ability to encourage
young persons to be individuals, the
ability to break the mold when each
student leaves Byfield, and the ability to
encourage each year's entering class to
make new ones.
The success of the campaign just de-
scribed by Dodge Morgan will alter
GDA in many beneficial ways, perma-
nently. After tonight, it will never be the
same again. We have before us an oppor-
tunity to leave our shadows imprinted
upon this 225th year of our Academy.
We are fortunate to be in a position
where a few of us can make A Signifi-
Let each of us here tonight see what he
can do . . . and let us remember that
whatever it is that we give, it will not be
equal to what we have been given . . .
the gift of the experience that has
brought us here together.
Lieutenant Governor Dummer was a
man of purpose and vision. His will is
our legacy. His farm between the two
rivers, the Parker and the Mill, has pro-
duced a harvest of experiences for gener-
ations of students. We, the benefactors
Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. '55
of those harvests, are obliged to replace
that which we took from the land be-
tween the two rivers. We must insure
that the governor's land is never de-
pleted. His vision becomes our vision as
we insure the future of one of our na-
tion's oldest institutions.
The Years Ahead
Independent school education: the next 25 years
Moderator Richard Leavitt at the Symposium.
There are some rough years
ahead for independent board-
ing schools, consultant W.
Rodman Snelling told the
group assembled for the Anniversary
Symposium on March 1.
The causes: "an enrollment trough, a
teacher shortage and increased competi-
tion from public schools that are begin-
ning to replicate the best of what they
have seen in independent schools."
Snelling was the lead-off speaker at the
Symposium designed, said moderator
Richard N. Leavitt, for reflection "on
the nature and circumstances of Ameri-
can education at this time . . . and for a
little forecasting into the next quarter
Responding to Snelling in turn were
Donald H. Werner, headmaster of West-
minster School; Kendra Stearns O'Don-
nell, principal of Phillips Exeter Acade-
my; Joshua L. Miner III, dean of
admissions emeritus of Phillips Acade-
my, Andover, and a founder of Out-
ward Bound; and David M. Williams,
ranking master at Governor Dummer
and chairman of the History Depart-
ment. Excerpts from the Symposium fol-
W. Rodman Snelling
President, Independent School
The enrollment is now passing
through the middle grades and heading
toward high school. The lead class is
today's 9th graders, and among the
members of the National Association of
Independent Schools, enrollment is
down 4% in grades 8 to 10.
As the trough goes through, we will
see several closings among third, fourth,
and fifth line boarding schools, and a
few more mergers. Some other schools
will embrace co-education. Independent
schools will be involved in lots of mar-
keting. Try to find the boarding school
today that has not increased its admis-
sions staff, has not been making real
efforts to involve its alumni in market-
Meanwhile, public schools are in the
ascendency. Their financial situation is
going to improve, with voter support.
They have looked around and observed
that the schools that have flourished in
the last 10 to 15 years are the private
ones, and they have begun to replicate
that which has been so successful for the
independent school. They have promo-
tions on TV . . . many of them, direct
advertising. They're out fund-raising like
we go out fund-raising. They are using
The public schools are also placing
new emphasis on choice via magnet
schools . . . special emphasis schools
(arts, science) with selected teachers and
students who are admitted. They smell
very much like public private schools.
The shortage of teachers is also a prob-
lem for independent schools, particular-
ly in math, science and foreign language.
Twenty-five years ago, bright young
women had three choices: social service,
nursing or education. Today they have
anything and everything to pick from.
Furthermore, as the teacher shortage is
felt, more public schools will follow the
lead of New Jersey and compete with the
independent schools for liberal arts grad-
uates, whereas they have required teach-
er college graduates in the past.
Public school salaries are on the rise;
teacher unions are strong. In Rochester,
NY, the highest salary in three years will
be $70,000, with beginning teachers
at $28,000. Meanwhile . . . boarding
schools faculties have lost 22% in real
dollar purchasing power in salaries over
the last 20 years, and they have lost 26%
of their position versus public school
I see a continued shortage of teachers
for the next 15 years, followed by a
quick influx. Public schools are now pre-
dominately staffed with people who have
been there for a number of years . . . and
drawing top salaries. By 1993-95, the ma-
jority will be retiring, and their dollars
will be dumped onto beginning teachers.
Ten years away, I see an even more stag-
geringly different salary base than exists
in independent schools, particularly
All is not bleak for independent
schools, however. Take, for instance, the
Participants in the Symposium are, from left, David Williams, Kendra Stearns O'Donnell, Rodman Snelling,
Donald Werner, Richard Leavitt and Joshua Miner.
ability to pay. The number of $50,000
households will double by year 2000,
and quadruple by 2013. Families with
dual incomes will continue to hover
around 75 to 80%. You who are mem-
bers of the trough will have opportuni-
ties for top-paying jobs greater than the
Boarding schools will be gearing their
marketing to several kinds of families:
families that have not had previous ex-
perience with boarding shools, families
in rural areas without a viable day
school alternative, and old line families
whose experience with boarding schools
has been highly satisfactory and bond-
ing. Also to families on the move, mili-
tary families, single parent families, those
concerned about getting their youngsters
out of the local environment. Most im-
portant are the dual working families.
Where do they go for surrogate parents?
To the boarding schools.
There will likely be an increase in five-
day boarding schools and more open
weekends in traditional ones, to tie the
dual working families together with their
Finally, there will be people looking
for quality academics. In next 25 years -
what do you do to be strong academical-
ly? You can't just say you have small
classes or have bright teachers. How do
you make your activities sound that
much better than somebody else's?
It's going to be a very, very interesting
next 25 years and very different from
what we've experienced in the past 25.
Donald H. Werner
My view from the trenches is not near-
ly as pessimistic. We have gathered to
celebrate a school that's been in business
for 225 years and there's no doubt that
this institution has survived enrollment
crunches and all other perils in 1988 or
Recent history shows that schools like
this are survivors - and more than that,
victors - in a continuing battle. Three
years ago, I was concerned about people
- a diminishing faculty pool, not enough
women in administrative positions, the
difficulty of recruiting minority faculty
and students, the peril of professionalism
on our faculties. I was depressed at what
I saw coming out of our colleges and into
our faculty nets. In just three years, that
concern has disappeared.
We have never had a stronger faculty
pool than in the last two years. That is
partly due to the bloom being off the
rose on Wall Street, where 90% of col-
lege seniors were attracted to going
down and making a big buck. The disas-
ter of October 19 helped us in that re-
From my standpoint, what goes
around, comes around. No doubt there
will be some rough waters ahead, but I
have no doubt we'll navigate that water.
Joshua L. Miner III
Dean of Admissions Emeritus,
Phillips Academy, Andover
Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy re-
minded us of something terribly impor-
tant, and that is service . . . selflessness
and the fantastic strength that comes to
an individual the minute you get your
mind off yourself and start thinking
about someone else. This lesson also ap-
plies to institutions. I want to take the
focus off the institution and put it where
it belongs - on the well-being of young
We're not here to build a better Gov-
ernor Dummer, we are here to think
about what makes the most sense for the
young people going through it. It's my
opinion that education in our countrv
needs a new look; we are failing to make
significant contact with students. We've
developed a "high tech" but have not a
commensurate "high touch."
More of what we have been doing in
the past is not the answer. More dollars
are not the answer. Education, whether
private or public, must look to a better
balance between the cognitive and the
experiential. We've got to put more of
the experiential into education. I believe
that the questions that children ask are
more important than the answers. It's
very easy to find answers, but we need to
develop a sense of curiositv in voung
people ... to develop a sense of right
and wrong and to fan the spark of con-
cern for what's right and what's wrong
. . . to fan the sense oi order that young
people have, believe it or not, in their
teenage years ... to fan the spark of
adventure that all young people have
and above all, to do all we can to reward
concerns thai have to do with compas-
Our institutional problems may seem
overwhelming at the moment, but we
mustn't take our eye off the target.
There is evidence today that in Middle
America - not the wealthy and not the
poverty-stricken - we are beginning to
turn the corner. There is, among these
youth, an appetite for service versus
material reward. There seems to be a
rejection of the yuppie syndrome; they
seem to have discovered the idiosy of the
This is my plea: let's get our focus onto
the well-being of our students. Then I
think that the needs of our institutions
will fall into place.
Kendra S. O'Donnell
Principal, Phillips Exeter
I would hope that our reaction to Mr.
Snelling's nice facts would not draw us
outward but would encourage us to look
inward. The craze about marketing is all
very well - the process of deciding what
we want to say about ourselves to an
audience - as long as we check the reality
of what we are saying. We are promoting
ourselves as environments where kids
learn not only in the classroom but they
learn within a community. They learn
values, they learn standards, they learn
and grow morally as well as intellectual-
ly. I think we are challenged to make
sure that's true.
We must check ourselves and our com-
munities to make sure we are the warm
and nurturing, value-laden environ-
ments that we say we are.
Cliff George '50 asks about moral development.
David M. Williams
History Department Chairman,
Governor Dummer Academy
We have heard some very sobering
thoughts . . . particularly thoughts of the
private school teacher and what he
I also think that boarding schools have
existed for a long time and will continue,
if for no other reason than that my read-
ing of history shows that there is a strain
of anti-intellectualism that runs through
American life. I don't think the Ameri-
can public is ready to make the nec-
essary sacrifices to produce a quality
public education. The Rochester, New
Yorks, are few and far between.
This brings me to an area of concern
and apprehension: what happens to our
student bodies as we go into the next 25
years? Granted there are people out
there who can pay and who have the
money, but I would also like to point out
that when I started here some time ago,
tuition was about $2,500 per pupil for
the boarders and we're now up to
$12,000 and something. What I see or
fear I see is a lessening of the people who
have the ability to pay the high cost of
the independent school, and therefore,
our student bodies becoming narrower
and narrower. Indeed what we come up
with is an elite.
I had thought that I had seen the inde-
pendent schools move away from that
sense of the elite as we have broadened
student bodies and brought in minori-
ties. But, my fear now is that we are
going back into an elite, not necessarily
in ability, but in terms of money.
What are private schools doing to recruit minority students and faculty?
This relates to Mr. Williams' concern
about diversity. Our admissions efforts
in independent schools have been ag-
gressive in terms of creating more diverse
I wonder, though, what we're doing
within schools to empower all that diver-
sity. 1 notice in my own school a tenden-
cy which may relate to your own age
and stage in life ... to want to be like
each other. To want, in fact, to all be
the same in some way. There's a norm
for dress, a norm for language, a norm
for behavior and there are along that
norm what one student at Exeter told
ne are "the haves and have nots." But
che "have nots" are very aware of want-
ing to be "haves" and this has much
more to do with lots of different kinds of
cultural things, not just Rolex watches.
I think the real challenge, if we are
going to make diversity count as it
should in our schools, is to find ways to
keep that diversity alive once it enters
our gates. To recognize different kinds of
experiences, to encourage adults and stu-
dents alike to talk about how they are
different, where they come from, what
their life experience has been, what their
tastes are, how they see the world, what
kinds of things they want to contribute.
I think the minority experience and the
experiene of diversity in general is apt to
be one of the most distinguishing things
about boarding schools, if we let it be.
In the '60s, schools were in a passive
position, and minority students of great
talent came through a variety of pipe-
lines. We now find a very different cli-
mate. I think most good schools are
working harder than ever to attract mi-
nority students and minority faculty.
That's a tougher ticket now than it was
15 years ago, for a variety of reasons -
some financial, most of them cultural.
We find when we go into an inner-city
school or community, that there is resis-
tance to a private school representative
because the local principal or commis-
sioner says we should take students who
"need" the Westminsters or Exeters or
Andovers, not their pacers, their role
models or their most effective students.
One can agree and endorse that. It does
make it a far tougher ticket to find, at-
tract and hold Black and Hispanic tea-
chers and students - that's an area where
we must work even harder over the next
Because there is a larger and larger competitive pool for "prestigious col'
leges," not all students can get in. Parents must come up with other good
and viable reasons for sending kids to independent schools. What are they?
One phenomenon we are experiencing
is that while there is a push for the top
name institutions - Harvard and the Ivy
Leagues, and the very top of the other
smaller colleges - there is also a very
growing interest in the public institu-
I also see more demand for the "presti-
gious" schools from students and fami-
lies in the Mid West and Far West than I
saw 10 years ago, but less of it on the
East Coast (not necessarily New En-
gland). The rationale for sending a child
to a preparatory school can't be identi-
fied as you have placed it, because the
demand is very different by region. A lot
of this is the fact that those parents who
are paying the bills are not themselves
graduates of private colleges. They see
the very best they can provide for their
child as a top-flight private education at
the elementary and secondary grades,
and that you can do most anything you
want at the college level no matter where
you go . . . and they can save that much
more money by so-doing.
A growing proportion of parents are
looking at other than the "prestigious"
schools by Eastern standards and are
opting for the University of Texas or
somebody who is offering some exciting
programs at less dollars.
I was sitting in on an Admissions
Committee meeting at Harvard recently,
and I was struck more than ever with the
notion that Harvard - and I imagine any
selective college - is looking for a child
who would bring to that new commu-
nity some gift. They can have as many
high scorers as they want. They can fill
their colleges many times over with kids
who can hack it academically. They are
looking for something different ... a
I have had to deal with parents who
have been irate because Johnny didn't
get into the college of his parents'
choice. I get very feisty about that ... I
happen to think, and I hope those of
you at others feel, that the education at
our school is the value of that education
. . . not something that happens after
the child leaves your school. Some par-
ents say they wish they had left Susie at
public school; she would have had a
much better chance of getting into Har-
vard or Yale because she would have
I have confidence that Susie has, in
fact, been burnished, that our schools
exist to develop the gifts in our children
and if we're good, that's what we're
doing. I wish for only open-minded par-
ents who see the blossoming of that
young person and can relate to it to
something that has happened within the
environment given that child.
Parents are consumers. Be very honest
with them coming in and hope that they
I refer you to the last paragraph of the
history of this school*, which doesn't
talk about college placement at all, but
about the mission ol the m hool. This ties
in with what Josh was saying . . . stres-
sing "( haracter and < ondu< t . . . turning
out useful citizens to serve the world
If parents expect any school to be a
shoehorn to a given college, they are
being naive in the extreme. It's awfully
hard for a schoolmaster to underesti-
mate parental naivete. Nonetheless, all
of us have moved through the last three
decades knowing that not every grad-
uate of our schools will go to Harvard. I
recently read some folders at Yale, and
was buoyed by the enormous, exciting
talent out there. It is discouraging from
the parochial view of the headmaster of
a school to see what our youngsters - the
folks in the back of the room today - are
Nonetheless, this Pollyanna will con-
tinue. Our numbers at Yale, Harvard,
Princeton, Amherst and Williams are
out of all proportion to the numbers
who are actually enrolled at schools like
that. Our kids still go there. But if par-
ents see college as the pot of gold at the
end of the rainbow, the numbers say
that most parents will be doomed to
disappointment. Parents are supposed to
be adults and be able to handle that. I
worry more about the young people.
I was on an evaluation team at one of
our strongest schools, and I asked a
young man about his work load and the
competition. "Has it been worth it?" I
"Mr. Werner," he said, "Come back
and see me on April 15." I found that
devastating, if you think about a young
person at a wondrous period in his life,
grinding away with the whole thing
coming down to a bottom line. I think
schools should insist that college is a
dividend and a by-product and that we
are here to educate young people in a
way this final paragraph says ... in the
mission of the school.
"Governor Dummer Academy retains much of the sim-
plicity and all of the freedom it originally possessed. It
still frames its own curricula and defines its own course,
unaffei ted by politics or bureaucracy. It still is not
ashamed to stress character and conduct as significant
phases ol a student's schooling ... to turn out good
null and women, usetul citizens to serve the world
community as the first graduates served their young
GOVERNOR DUMMER ACADEMY
Paul Caron and son Matt '88 leave reception in the Cobb Room for other
Heading on toward 250
Governor Dummer Academy,
as it journies on toward 250,
will be more of a "home
school" - the reason for the
new dormitory - with an even more tal-
ented and diverse student body. The
faculty will be increasingly rewarded and
The physical landscape will be altered
by the construction of the dormitory
and a field house, as well as additions to
the Dining Hall and Frost Library. The
latter will become more of a true learn-
So goes the vision for the years ahead,
articulated by Headmaster Peter Brag-
don and referred to frequently in Anni-
versary oratory. All that is left, said co-
chairman Dodge Morgan '50 as he an-
nounced the capital campaign, "is to
match the vision with the resources to
make it happen."
A higher boardingiday ratio
In an effort to preserve and enhance
the home school atmosphere, the boar-
ding:day student ratio at Governor
Dummer Academy will be increased in
the years ahead to 80:20.
As a first step toward that goal, the
ratio will be increased in September of
1988 from the current 60:40 to approxi-
mately 65:35. It will take a major leap in
the fall of 1989, with the opening of a
new dormitory for 24 to 26 students.
Ground-breaking for the dormitory
will coincide with the 225th Anniver-
sary/Reunion Weekend: Saturday, June
18. The dorm, which will also contain
two faculty families, will be located on
Middle Road, across from Alumni Gym-
A more diverse student body
Students learn as much from each oth-
er as they do from an outstanding fac-
ulty, the Headmaster maintains. The
plan, then, is to seek an even greater
geographic, cultural, ethnic and religious
diversity of students.
"I want those of different backgrounds
to know each other as people - and that
means teachers as well as students," he
"I want to see students from 50 states.
We are looking for a slice of America,
since we are the original American
school. Our graduates are going to live
in America, so they need to be exposed
to what America is ... or perhaps what
America should be." The two co-cap-
tains of one of the Academy's athletic
teams, he says, by geography and cul-
ture, might not otherwise have met.
"I want to see enough students from
overseas that our graduates will realize
that the world has become a village," he
The search for diversity will be met by
increased endowment for scholarships
and financial aid, and by increased ad-
missions office funds so the staff can
travel in search of appropriate students.
Financial aid for those
who need it
Another aspect of the plan is the abili-
ty to fund any deserving student the
Academy wants, who demonstrates fi-
The Campaign, says admissions direc-
tor Mike Moonves, will add $200,000 in
endowment income for scholarships
each year. "This will impact another 20
to 25 kids beyond the 60 presently re-
ceiving aid. We will almost double the
number of new students we can assist in
a given year. We will be able to compete
with other schools for really top stu-
A faculty honored
The 24-hour a day faculty, Peter Brag-
don says, is at the heart of the school
and the home school concept. "But
these masters must be rewarded and en-
couraged, particularly in the face of the
immediate teacher shortage."
A major emphasis of the capital cam-
paign is endowment for increased faculty
salaries and benefits, including the cre-
ation of several faculty chairs.
A new dormitory,
Two new buildings are part of the
blueprint - the dormitory and a field
The latter, Peter Bragdon says, is "ab-
solutely critical . . . the most needed
structure on the campus today. It will
bring an equilibrium to our life in the
winter. It will help us in the mud of the
fall and spring and it will surely help us
A learning center
and other improvements
An addition to the Frost Library will
make the library more of a true "learn-
ing center" on campus, not just a geo-
graphic center. It will add study spaces
(present seating and study capacity is 75
students) and provide better resources
A Dining Hall addition will accommo-
date the increased boarding enrollment,
and improvements to the Murphy-Frost
Arena will enclose the sides, replace re-
frigeration pipes, and install an all-pur-
pose surface for indoor sports and large
Plans also call for the rerouting of
some walkways and roadways, addition-
al lighting for safety, identification signs
to aid visitors, and other projects to en-
hance the beauty of the campus.
Seeking students in the "trough'
Michael Moonves, director of admissions and head baseball coach.
The numbers of eligible students
have declined into a trough so
serious, said W. Rodman Snel-
ling at the Anniversary Sym-
posium, that independent schools will be
retrenching, regrouping . . . some even
closing their doors.
Is Governor Dummer Academy wor-
"Mr. Snelling painted a bleak picture
for those who accept the bleakness and
back off in the face of it," says Headmas-
ter Peter Bragdon. "It's not bleak for a
school that's special and strong and will-
ing to operate from that strength. Bleak-
ness is a state of mind.
"We are in the 'demographic trough'
right now," he goes on, "yet we had a
record admissions year last year and this
year appears to be stronger. The realities
would dictate that this shouldn't be. But
we are willing to create our own realities
through hard work. What we are, the
nation wants. We have the sense of fami-
ly so desperately needed."
Director of admissions Mike Moonves
"In a year when the candidate pool
continues to decline," he says, "ours did
not decline. On March 10, when we
made our first round of decisions on
applicants, we were acting on 7 to 8%
more than last year. This says good
things about the Academy."
He notes, however, that while the
numbers are up, many of the same stu-
dents apply to several independent
schools, so the competition for each ac-
cepted student is keener than ever.
How does - and will - the Academy go
about seeking students?
"We do it," Peter Bragdon says, "by
having a director of admissions who is a
legend in himself and by having trustees
with the vision to add a second associate
so we have two associate directors with
raw energy. Then we hit the road."
A former director of admissions him-
self, the Headmaster says a school suc-
ceeds most in areas where there are grad-
uates, parents and friends who know the
school and are willing to work for it.
"You locate a 'magnet' family, one
that is well-known and visible in the
community, and they help attract oth-
ers. We find a student destined for suc-
cess and go after him or her. We look for
students for whom family is important
. . . because no school can top us in the
sense of family."
An increase in geographic diversity,
one element of the Academy's dream, is
a certainty. "We will," Moonves says,
"continue to travel and identify new
Visits to feeder schools in Massachu-
setts have doubled this year, and there
have been more visits to new and distant
schools - pre-prep feeder schools in New
Orleans, Memphis and other commu-
nities - plus followups to schools and
educational counselors that had been
visited only once in the past.
Efforts are already underway to recruit
more minority students as well.
Moonves has been developing a program
with a junior high school in Los Angeles
to identify potential Black and Hispanic
students. Likewise, he is working with
officials in San Antonio, Texas, and lo-
cally, in Boston.
Admissions efforts will be enhanced
considerably by the infusion of schol-
arship dollars from the Campaign, he
adds. "We now can offer financial aid to
only about half of the accepted students
who have the need. With the anticipated
money in hand, we could have offered
scholarships to almost all of those stu-
dents we wanted this year."
College admission . . . the bottom line?
Yes, the educators agree with
Principal Kendra Stearns
O'Donnell of Phillips Exeter
Academy, "The education at
our independent schools is the value of
that education . . . not something that
happens after a child leaves our
For most parents and most students,
however, admission to the college of
one's choice or, as Mrs. O'Donnell said,
"the college of the parent's choice," is
still the bottom line. And, for the fore-
seeable years ahead, the competition for
admission to colleges of all levels will be
greater than ever.
"At the so-called selective colleges,"
says Janet Adams-Wall, Governor Dum-
mer Academy's director of college coun-
seling, "being qualified academically -
with a solid record and high test scores -
simply will not be enough. Our students
are going to have to find more ways to
make themselves stand out. They will
have to make more careful decisions
about their courses, with the help of
their advisors. And, they will have to do
more realistic, intensive research to find
'the right' college."
"The caliber of courses that a GDA
student chooses will become even more
important," Ms. Adams-Wall goes on.
"One who elects not to take Honors or
AP courses may be putting him or her-
self at a disadvantage. One cannot frivo-
lously discard a language after two years
just because it is hard and he or she
might get a 'C
"Not that many colleges require more
than two years of a language, but when a
college's applicant pool numbers 4,000
to 5,000 for only 400 to 500 spaces, the
student who is content with the bare
minimum will be at a disadvantage."
Three years of history, foreign lan-
guage and science, and four years of En-
glish and math, she says, will be the
safest route. "Courses in art, music, dra-
ma and religion are important for bal-
ance, but should be taken in addition to,
not in lieu of, the five 'money' courses."
It is true that some schools no longer
require S.A.T. scores and that others are
considering doing away with them alto-
gether. However, she says, one is up
against top students who are so proud of
Janet Adams- Wall, director of college counseling, and son Christopher.
their scores they send them anyway. At
Bowdoin College, where the submission
of test scores is optional, 65% of the
applicants still do submit them.
"Without S.A.T. scores, colleges will
place more emphasis than ever on the
high school transcript, or they will ex-
pect three to five Achievement Tests - in
language, math, English, history, science
- and our students will have to be pre-
pared to take them. This alternative
does reward the student who has taken a
demanding program and worked very
"A real focus for us," says Ms. Adams-
Wall, "will be to look beyond New Eng-
land, to encourage our students to find
some hidden gems equal or superior to
some of the colleges in the Northeast.
We will encourage them not to place a
high value on a college just because it
was popular 20 or 30 years ago. They
will need to do their research well. The
student who is interested in literature
must ask if a college has the best litera-
ture program on an undergraduate level,
even if it is not one of the 'best' overall.
Once a student has a solid background
in a given subject at the undergraduate
level, he or she might then go on to a
more prestigious graduate program."
Westminster School's Donald H.
Werner noted at the Symposium that
independent schools continue to send
students to "Yale, Harvard, Amherst
and Williams in far greater proportion"
than do public schools. Among the col-
leges to which Governor Dummer's
Class of 1988 has been accepted are, in
fact, Harvard and Amherst, as well as
Wesleyan, Georgetown, Middlebury and
Small New England schools continue
to be popular and members of '88 will be
going to Bowdoin, Colby, Bates and
Trinity. At the same time, some of them
have sought the "small gems" beyond
the Hudson River: Dickinson, Grinnell,
Franklin and Marshall, Earlham and
Macalester Colleges and Lawrence Uni-
Speaker Rodman Snelling noted the
increased popularity of state schools,
and that is true among GDA students as
well. The Universities of Vermont, New
Hampshire and Colorado continue to
attract, but students have also been ac-
cepted at the Universities of Washing-
ton, Iowa, Texas and North Carolina,
Purdue University and others.
"These trends will continue," Ms. Ad-
ams-Wall says. "We will see a greater
variety of choices in the next 25 years
than ever before."
The coming curriculum
Parents will be looking for
quality ai ademii s in the
years ahead," said W.
Rodman Snelling at the
Anniversary Symposium. "What are you
doing to be strong?"
To Richard N. Leavitt, director of
studies and dean of the faculty, to be
strong academically means maintaining
and enhancing the heritage of 225 years.
"I hope," he says, "that our mission
will continue to be that of a classical,
There is no "grand plan" for the fu-
ture, he says; rather, guidelines which
will let existing programs evolve. "We
will always pay attention to our seven
Wallace Rowe, chairman of the En-
glish Department and varsity tennis
curriculum areas, but the form might
vary as time goes on."
"Reading is and will continue to be a
major area of concern," he says. "Read-
ing has strong implications for the entire
curriculum and program of the school."
English Department chairman Wallace
"I see our highest calling in the English
Department," he said at a faculty round-
table on March 1, "as trustees of the
language we've inherited.
"I'm not so concerned about what will
happen to writing in the next 25 years.
At our 250th Anniversary, we will be
pretty much covered. We will still be
writing weekly papers and having one
on one teacher-student conferences ev-
ery other week. This is the heart of our
"In the year 2013, my greatest concern
is will anyone be reading? We see the
effects of TV, word processors, comput-
ers. The chances of people picking up
books seem to be getting slimmer and
He believes, however, that love of
reading can be taught, and he will con-
tinue an extensive reading program for
his senior students each fall. After a half
year of heavy reading, he says, "about
two thirds of them say they read more
quickly and efficiently and that they do
like reading more."
English will, Leavitt says, remain a
In science, he says, there is "no ques-
tion that the old standby of one lab
science in secondary schools - particular-
ly the private schools - is insufficient to a
truly liberal education or to the context
of our present age.
"An educated people needs to develop
the analytical skills that exposure to the
sciences provides - as well as be aware of
the potential of the limitations of scien-
tific thinking. So, we're going to provide
ways for our students to read and do
more science than has been true in the
The Science Department has filled the
Schumann Science Center to capacity
and next year will take over the old
Noyes Library - affectionately known as
Uncle Tom's Cabin for faculty emeritus
Tom Mercer, who held English classes
Pierre Baratelli, chairman of the
Language Department and director
of the Humanities Program.
there for many years. The department
also hopes for a permanent link between
Schumann and Noyes in time, to pro-
vide more laboratories, classrooms, and
project and computer areas.
"In the past 25 years," department
chairman Douglas Miller said on March
1, "the teaching of physics has pro-
gressed from the mechanics of a steam
shovel to that of atomic structure . . .
chemistry from descriptive chemistry to
quantum models . . . biology, barely out
of the classification stages as a science, to
cell structure, of DNA and RNA mole-
cules. We have also gained significant
understanding of man's impact on the
"In 1963, we did not anticipate that
exciting years of growth were upon us. I
expect that the years between now and
the year 2013 will be even more exciting.
Close to 75% of the common household
items of the year 2013 have not been
Language Department chairman Pierre
Baratelli plans to continue offering Lat-
in, French, Spanish and German for as
many years as a student wants to contin-
ue a language, rather than add new
ones. Students are tending to want more
of a language, he says, and a fifth, even
sixth year, is not unusual.
The one thing Baratelli would change
for the future may be beyond the Acade-
"We are finding that students are ar-
riving here less and less prepared," he
says. "Grammar and memorization are
not taught any more; young minds
aren't trained in minutia. They have
great catching up to do."
Leavitt would also like to find ways to
change "a prevailing attitude in our stu-
dents and in the country that foreign
languages are difficult to learn and not
sufficiently important to learn."
Mathematics chairman Kenneth Ca-
sazza reported on March 1 that "The
curriculum has not changed and proba-
bly will not change. Courses, teachers,
and students change. Reason doesn't.
We will, however, continue to teach the
essentials. We will encourage upper level
courses, independent problem-solving
and analytical thinking.
"In the realm of mathematics," Leavitt
adds, "one challenge before us is to in-
corporate some of the topics and meth-
odologies of discrete mathematics - a rel-
atively new branch of mathematical
thinking that parallels the traditional
algebra to calculus track." This branch,
he says, grows more out of finite math-
ematics and includes probability, statis-
tics, and material related to computers.
The History Department's goals, says
chairman David Williams, are to teach
students how to study history, to think
analytically so they can be discriminat-
ing when making life's choices, and to
The current curriculum calls for "as
broad a base of western history as possi-
ble," with ancient history required in
9th grade and U.S. History in 11th or
12th. Modern European History is
"strongly encouraged" for 10th graders,
says Williams, and "a substantial num-
ber of sophomores . . . three sections"
Upper level offerings include Chinese,
Japanese, Russian or Middle Eastern
Studies, economics, sociology, psycholo-
gy and Post World War II America with
U.S. History as a prerequisite.
Just as Far East history was added in
the '60s, Williams can foresee African
History or a Third World program in
the relatively near future. The depart-
ment now has two resource teachers
who served in the Peace Corps in Africa.
A course which will examine the place of
women in history is being added in Sep-
tember and will alternate every other
year with Post War America.
"Fine Arts," says chairman Christo-
pher Stowens, "is the unexpected: we try
to push the students into thinking in
creative ways - in drawing, painting, pot-
tery, dance, music composition, perfor-
mance. We now have an immense
amount to choose from."
Leavitt does not see any immediate
additions to the arts program, "but I
would like to see our school foster the
desire of students to go beyond introduc-
tory courses and to make it common-
place that the arts are seen as an integral
part of the development of the intellect."
other disciplines, will become even more
essential in the future as the impact of
technology presents a multiplicity of
ethical choices and world affairs neces-
sitate a familiarity with both Eastern and
Western religious traditions."
Leavitt concludes that in the next 25
years, "it is equally important that we
constantly address all other aspects of
the school - insofar as they provide the
context in which the formal education
"It is very exciting to know that we
will have a Visiting Master-in-Residence
program, for it can enrich the intellec-
tual climate for our students and faculty.
It is important for us to have a vastly
improved library; we need to increase
Christopher Stowens, chairman of the Fine Arts Department, composing
on the synthesizer.
In the study of religion and ethics,
Leavitt "would hope we continue to
view the program there as both a liberat-
ing experience and a cultural awakening.
I hope we continue to stress exposure to
world religions and the impact of reli-
gion on history, literature, politics, per-
ception and human values."
Department chairman Julia Slayton
adds, "Whether religion courses expose
students to the Scriptures of various
world religions or the search for justice
in the script of a modern play, they are
designed to teach students to discern
meaning through critical analysis and
empathy. The scope of religious thought
and study, as well as its integration with
the impact of the library in our school
and the integrity of our library.
"To ensure the health of the social
climate and the boarding experience, we
will examine even mundane things such
as the way we structure time within the
day, within the week, within the season,
within the year.
"And finally, we will reinforce that the
reason students come here is, as Mrs.
O'Donnell suggested, for the education
here and not for a ticket to college ... so
a student's self worth, a school's worth
and the worth of a family's commitment
is not judged by that one event on April
15 of the senior year. That misses the
point so terribly."
Moral development: new emphasis on old idea
Historically, moral edu< ation
of the young has been under-
taken by the family and the
church - though the building
of "character" was very much on Master
Moody's mind back in the 18th Cen-
In recent years, the responsibility has
been placed more and more in the care
of schools. This shift prompted an alum-
nus attending the Anniversary Symposi-
um to ask:
"Are independent schools capable of
dealing with what is far more important
than text book education . . . helping
young men and women deal with their
ethical and moral responsibilities?"
Panelist Joshua Miner, dean of admis-
sions emeritus at Phillips Academy, An-
dover, and a former Governor Dummer
parent (Joshua IV '69), was quick to re-
"Schools traditionally have paid too
much attention to the cognitive side of
education . . . the book learning . . . and
not enough to the experiential side and
the value-forming experience," he said.
"Moral development," added Rodman
Snelling, "is a password for the future. It
is something parents are very concerned
Headmaster Peter Bragdon says that
moral development at Governor Dum-
mer Academy happens most of all
"through the tradition of the master.
The adult provides the example simply
by being available so much of the time.
The master's ethical codes of conduct
and personal integrity show in the class-
room, on stage or playing field, in the
School minister Julia Slayton
dormitory. The students learn from him
or her. That's moral development."
Rules of conduct are still carefully
spelled out and will continue to be,
should lapses occur in acceptable behav-
ior or the time-tested values. Honesty
continues to be the most significant of
the six "major school rules." "Complete
integrity in all matters, both personal
and academic, is expected of each stu-
dent," says The Rules and Procedures of
The other "major rules" require strict
observance of dormitory hours and of
parietal rules regarding visits by the op-
posite sex, and forbid theft, alcohol or
drugs, or "conduct detrimental to the
well-being and best interest of the school
community." Violation of any one could
lead to dismissal from the Academy, and
the master is charged with keeping these
The master is also involved in all three
areas that school chaplain Julia Slayton
says provide opportunities "for ethical
reflection and moral development: resi-
dential life, the curriculum and experien-
"Within the boarding environment,"
she says, "a student is exposed to differ-
ent views, perhaps as never before, and
he or she is led to test and clarify values.
The situations and conversations that
occur in the dormitory or elsewhere on
campus may be as formative to a stu-
dent's character and conduct as that
which occurs in the classroom."
Students at the Academy are intro-
duced directly to moral reasoning
through the core curriculum; each is re-
quired to take one of four courses cur-
rently offered by the Religion Depart-
ment. They may choose among
"Introduction to World Religions,"
"Ethics: the Language of Choice," "The
Bible as Literature" and "Prophets,
Mystics and Storytellers."
"However," Ms. Slayton maintains,
"the Religion Department should not be
the only 'trustee of the soul.' Moral de-
velopment should be shared by all de-
"Advances in technology, particularly
within medicine," she goes on, "may
well present students and their families
with ethical decisions at sometime in
their lives. As students study science, it
is important that they also explore issues
regarding responsible use of that knowl-
edge and technology.
"Within the Departments of History
and English, again, students are chal-
lenged to explore moral questions. What
is the Fall about in Paradise Lost? Where
have women and minorities been includ-
ed or excluded in history? How do stu-
dents view a political party's or an indi-
vidual's moral action."
Graduate school once was the place to
deal with moral issues in a given field,
Ms. Slayton says, "but those institutions
now say they are getting students too
late to significantly influence their ethi-
cal views. They look to the secondary
schools to teach students to be aware of
their actions, their responsibilities as
"As psychologist Robert Coles has
commented, 'Moral development is not
to be equated with moral conduct.' A
student may be adept at moral discourse
in the classroom and yet there may be a
gulf between one's learning and actions.
Thus the connection of moral education
to experiential learning is essential."
There are, at GDA, numerous and
growing programs which do so relate
classroom learning to life's situations . . .
the experiential education about which
Josh Miner spoke. These programs in-
clude a Washington Week which gives
.students an inside look at national gov-
ernment; the Arts and Poetry Festivals
which expose them to the ideas and
work of other students; the GDA/Long
Island Collaborative program, which al-
lows students to interact with students
of other ethnic, geographic and religious
backgrounds; the German Exchange
and a possible student exchange with a
school in India, and the Community
"Moral development was once taught
very clearly in the old primers," Ms.
Slayton concludes. "But the good versus
bad dualities are no longer applicable to
the multiplicity of choices and perspec-
tives today. We now believe we can tea-
ch only so much moral character in
principle. The rest depends on experi-
Coach Steve Shea talks to lacrosse team during emotiori'packed game.
Drama master Bonnie'Jean Wilbur and Scott Singer '89 at Bradley Arts
Headmaster Peter Bragdon and Rick Fox '89 play backgammon at Satur-
day Night Open House.
The 225th Celebration
Reunion '88 Weekend . . . June 17, 18 & 19
Sti j'hen Kasnel '62, chairman of
the 225th Anniversary cele-
bration, has said often in recent
months that he had always felt
ited because he graduated the year
before the Academy's Bicentennial.
On June 17, 18 and 19, alumni and
alumnae of ALL classes, including '62,
are invited to join the Bicentennial grad-
uates of 1963 and alumni/ae of the other
Reunion classes in the three-day 225th
Celebration/Reunion and Alumni
Weekend. This will be the grand finale
of the milestone year.
The weekend represents a beginning
as well: among the weekend's events is
the groundbreaking for a new dormitory
- the first "bricks and mortar" result of
the capital campaign, To make A Signifi-
cant Difference, announced at the 225th
Anniversary Dinner on March 1.
Reservations are arriving daily as the
big weekend nears; there are still a few
dormitory spaces left for alumni/ae and
families who would like to stay on cam-
pus. Members of the Reunion classes will
be given priority, on a first-come basis.
The Celebration will officially begin
with a Headmaster's Welcome Reception
and Art Show in the Kaiser Visual Arts
Center on Friday, the 17th, at 6. Regis-
tration will have opened at 4.
The Bicentennial Class of 1963, in
keeping with the 25th Reunion tradi-
tion, will have Friday night dinner in
the Mansion House with Headmaster
Peter and Dottie Bragdon, while the
50th Reunion Class of 1938 will be
hosted by Buster and Fran Navins at
their home on Faculty Lane. An inter-
national buffet will be served in the Din-
ing Hall for Old Guard alumni and
alumni/ae from all other classes, plus
their families. Evening activities will con-
tinue with a Health Club in Alumni
Gym - volleyball, basketball and use of
the fitness center - and a 10 p.m. night
cap in the Cobb Room.
The traditional 5-mile alumni pie race,
once again organized by coach David
Abusamra, will be held Saturday morn-
ing at 9, with warm fruit pies going to all
winners who complete the course in 40
minutes or less. The ground-breaking
ceremony will begin near the race site at
10:30, across Middle Road from Alumni
Signing Milestones in '45 is graduate Richard Korner, then of the Canal
Zone. Undergraduate identifications are welcome.
Gym, and will be followed by the Grand
Parade of Classes and by the Annual
Meeting of alumni at 11 and class photo-
While the others gather in the Phillips
Quad for a picnic lunch, the Old Guard
Alumni (classes '19 to '37) will enjoy a
champagne luncheon at the Mansion
Afternoon events include campus
tours, golf, tennis, local shopping, a one-
hour Harbor Cruise, and a series of
softball games: the '38 All Stars versus
the '43 Old Timers; the '58 All Stars vs.
the '63 All Stars (plus some ringers from
'62 and '64); and '73 vs. '78.
The Alumni Glee Club, under the
leadership of faculty emeriti Art Sager
and Ben Stone, will reunite once again
at 4 p.m., to rehearse for Sunday morn-
ing's 10 o'clock Chapel Service.
The "main event" once again will be
the old-fashioned New England clam-
bake and 225th Anniversary party at 6
p.m. Saturday night, followed by a D.J.
Activities for children and babysitting
will be provided by students at various
times throughout the weekend.
If your reservations have not been
made, please make them now, by calling
alumni director Chris Harlow or your
Reunion leaders. Help make this a cele-
bration worth waiting 225 years for.
Grandfathers and Grandsons
Roger Sherman '23 and Roland
Sherman, Jr. '53
Fathers and Sons or Daughters
Ralph Bean '38 and Mark Bean 78
Benjamin Brewster '43 and Benja-
min Brewster, Jr. '68
Laurence Barry '48 and Dorothy
Brothers and/or Sisters
Stephen Ward '33 and William
Gordon Ellis '38 and Arthur Ellis
Samuel Kitchell '38 and Webster
Morgan Cooper '43 and Ransford
Francis DuGrenier '48 and Gary
Maxwell Brace '58 and Roderick
Carl Berntsen '68 and Thomas
J. Hale Smith '68 and Nathaniel
Paul Bloom 73 and Kenneth
G. Douglas Pope 73 and Scott
Reunion y 88 Weekend Schedule
Friday, June 17
Registration opens in Phillips Building
Welcome Reception, Art Show at Kaiser Visual Arts Center
Class of '63 25th Reunion Dinner at Mansion House
Class of '38 50th Reunion Dinner at the Navins'
Class Dinners of all other classes in the Jacob Dining Hall,
Health Club activities in Alumni Gymnasium
Night Cap in the Cobb Room
Saturday, June 18
5-Mile Pie Race, Campus Tours, Tennis, Golf
Ground-breaking for new dormitory
Grand Parade of Classes, led by the Old Guard Alumni, to
The Annual Meeting of Alumni
Old Guard Alumni Luncheon at the Mansion House
Picnic Luncheon on the Quad for all others
Softball challenge matches, Campus Tours, Golf, Tennis,
Newburyport Harbor Cruise
Alumni Glee Club Rehearsal
New England Clambake and 225th Anniversary Party,
followed by D.J. Dance
Sunday, June 19
Farewell Buffet Luncheon
James Zafris 73 and Peter Zafris 78
Jody Baum 78 and Leticia Baum
David Hoffman '83 and Drew
Uncles and Nephews
Lawrence C. Brown '28 and Rob-
ert Brown '63
Decius Veasey '43 and Arthur
Veasey III '68
Richard Palais '48 and Jonathan
Robert Rex '53 and W. Timothy
Jeffery Eveleth '63 and Catherine
Richard Merrill '38 and Samuel
Richard Merrill '38 and Webster
David Duffy '48 and Tom Os-
Mansfield Smith '48 and Robert
Reunioners and the
Class of '88
Richard Osgood '53 and William
Osgood '88, father and son
Christopher Leary '63 and Eliza-
beth Leary '88, uncle and niece
Mike Gilfeather '83 and Andrews
Amy Krukonis '83 and Laurie To-
rosian '88, cousins
Laurianne Nester '83 and Paul
Whynott '88, cousins
Roechelle Smith '83 and Kursten
Burns '88, cousins
Amy Torosian '83 and Laurie To-
rosian '88, sisters
D. Parker Wise 73 and Martha
Wise '88, brother and sister
Bigger than life
Dilais was "flabber-
gasted" v hen she returned
va< ation this winter to
In nl, hanging over the fire-
place in the Dining Hall, a drawing of
herself, bigger than life.
"I know I get along well with the kids,"
says Doris, who is in her 16th year in the
food service department at GDA - "but I
didn't know they thought that much of
me. It made me feel very, very special."
The charcoal drawing is actually a
montage of 63 drawings done by mem-
bers of the Art Club under art master
Birdie Corcoran. The students worked
from a small black-and-white snapshot
that was divvied up among them, then
pieced their works together.
Doris's trademark is calling every sin-
gle GDA student by name. It takes her
two months in the fall to learn all of the
new ones, without the aid of photos or a
list. "It's sort of a game that I play," she
She doesn't forget the "old" names
either. When George Hasapidis '85 vis-
ited from West Point recently, she sur-
prised him in the lunch line by saying
"He almost fell over," she says. "I told
him I couldn't remember his last
name. ..I knew it was long. ..but I could
remember the first."
Doris heard about an opening here 16
years ago from "one of the salad ladies,"
and took the job as "something to do. I
liked it so well I stayed and made it my
It was during the time that she arrived
early to serve breakfast that she first
became close to the students. "I was the
first person they saw in the morning,"
she says. "I tried to get them off to a
good start on the day. I looked after
them. ..sort of like a mother."
Doris commutes from Hampton, NH,
where she lives with her husband Bob, a
business teacher at Newburyport High
School. They have two grown children,
Gary and Lee Ann.
The food service is now managed by
DAKA of Wakefield.
Doris Marsolais and her portrait.
Honors Program, cont.
Two of the senior girls who took part
in the GDA-Long Island University
Honors Program seminar, Heidi Daniel-
son of Rye, NH, and Kristen Fowler of
Newton, NH, joined school minister Ju-
lia Slayton at the National Honors Sym-
posium in Providence on April 16.
News of the 225th
Excellent coverage of the March 1 cel-
ebration appeared in the Newburyport
Daily News and the Lawrence Eagle-
Tribune, and, via Associated Press, the
story of our Anniversary appeared in
newspapers across the country, includ-
ing the Boston Globe, the Salina (KS)
journal, the Fort Myers (FL) News Press,
the Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger, the
Quincy (IL) Herald-Whig, the San Anto-
nio (TX) Sunday Express-News, the Provi-
dence (RI) journal, and the Maine Sunday
Telegram. If you saw it in others, would
you please send a copy, for the Archives,
to Linda Corbett in the Development
Office. The Town of Newbury is honor-
ing the occasion by using The Little Red
Schoolhouse on the cover of the Town
German Speaking contest
This winter, 42 students from six area
schools participated in the Academy's
second German Speaking Contest, and
GDA swept the prizes on the elementary
level. Freshmen Michelle Smith, Petra
Wallem and Kori Winter shared First
Prize, while Victoria Hill '89 and Glenn
Johnson '90 shared Second. Mascono-
met Regional High School students
(Topsfield) took the three Intermediate
Prizes and First in Advanced. Second
Prize in Advanced was shared by a Mas-
co student and one from Pentucket Re-
gional High School of West Newbury.
Also participating were Newburyport
High School, Concord Academy and
North Andover High. Judges were Herr
Hans-Joerg Brunner of the Consulate of
the Federal Republic of Germany; John
Wells of Winchester, Governor Dummer
Class of 1936 and professor of German
emeritus at Tufts University; and Mrs.
Wells, a native German.
Return to Germany
Nine students of German master John
Seufert will be traveling to Ahrensburg,
West Germany, after school in June for a
three-week exchange. They will be going
to school during the week, he says, and
taking side trips on weekends, including
a trip to the Danish border.
This year - the third year GDA stu-
dents have exchanged with Ahrensburg
- their host school is planning a week-
long American Festival.
Three professional poets and student
poets from 20 public and independent
schools in four states arrived at GDA on
April 29 for the eighth annual Poetry
Festival. The professionals read their
works at a morning convocation, then
led poetry-writing workshops, which
were open to guests as well as students.
The trio consisted of Sam Cornish,
Allison Funk and Derek Walcott. Corn-
ish teaches creative writing and Afro-
American Literature at Emerson College
and writes reviews for the Christian Sci-
ence Monitor (he has published three po-
etry collections - Generations, Sam's
World and Songs of jubilee). Allison Funk
teaches at Endicott College (her first
book of poems, Forms of Conversion, was
published in 1986). Derek Walcott of
Trinidad and Boston teaches at Boston
University (His eighth and latest book of
poems is The Arkansas Testament and
one of his plays opens in London this
An anthology of poems by the student
participants was printed for the event.
This is the second of three years the
GDA English Department, under chair-
man Wallace Rowe, has sponsored the
Students elected to have the spring
formal after all - on April 16 with all the
traditional trimmings and an early
morning bonus. They travelled by bus to
Boston Park Plaza for the 8 to 12 p.m.
dance, which featured a buffet dinner
and music by Bob Kosta of Kiss Radio
108. From 1 to 5 a.m., they had full use
of the facilities at Cedardale Sports Club
in Bradford (including tennis courts, rac-
quetball, swimming, weight rooms), plus
a buffet breakfast.
others, in addition to doing "the usual
The Mecca Cricket Club reunited this
spring under the leadership of England's
Hugh Ogilvie '88. Cricket is, Ogilvie says,
"the sport to match all sports... played by
gentlemen and gentlewomen, associated
with lords, Headingley, Edgbaston and
other world famous venues..."
The club is preparing to face St. Mark's
School, time and place to be announced.
Off to the Spring Formal are, from left, Brendan Daly, Amy Shafmaster,
Kathryn DiNanno and Matthew Pascucci, all sophomores.
Junior Rick Fox of Philadelphia spent
a February week in Washington, D.C.,
with the Presidential Classroom pro-
gram. Some 340 other high school ju-
niors and seniors and Fox were offered
"a real inside look at politics and how
the different parts fit together." They
visited the State Department and sat on
the floor of the House to hear Sen.
George McGovern, Rep. Pat Schroeder
and the Ambassadors from India and
the Peoples Republic of China, among
More than 40 grandparents came to
campus on Friday, May 6, to see what
the Governor Dummer Academy experi-
ence is all about. They attended classes,
toured the Mansion House and Little
Red Schoolhouse, and were treated to a
multi-media arts show in Thompson Au-
The Arts at GDA
Scenes from South Pacific
Helping Lisa Sweeney '88 (Ens. Nellie Forbush) wash that man right out of her hair are fellow Navy nurses: front
row from left, Katherine Clifford '88, Victoria Hill '89 and Bronya Barraclough '88; hack row, Anne Monnelly
'88, Keri Fantasia '89, Sweeney, Megan Heersink '88, Denny Hannon '88 and Brienne Bourn '91.
Elizabeth Leary '88 (Bloody Mary) casts a spell
on Glenn Johnson '90 (Lt. Joseph Cable).
Ens. Forbush sings to Emile deBecque's children,
played by Teaya Bromley and Brian Rybicki.
The seabees join Todd Seely '89 (Luther Billis) in song. From left, John Sullivan '89, Patrick Colgate '88, Jason
Male '90, Seely, Luke Gilfeather '88, Charlie Greenough '90 and Peter Drown '90.
Assistant headmaster Larry Piatelli (Capt. George
Bracket) scolds Billis as English master Paul Wann
(Cmdr. William Harbison), Greenough and Preston
Beach '89 look on.
English student Hugh Ogilvie '88 is the Frenchman
Bradley Arts Festival
On May 1, GDA hosted the
annual Bradley Arts Festival
for independent schools, for
the first time. The theme
was "The Sun Is Greater Than the
Whole," and the Festival featured im-
provisational music, drama and dance,
plus sculpture, ceramics, photography,
painting and woodworking. Alumni
Gymnasium was transformed for the day
into a garden maze, with the help of
greenery and environmental installa-
A GDA objet d'art created by the
student body was displayed along with
those from other schools and will remain
a permanent part of the Academy's col-
lection. Each student formed an object
in clay, symbolic of him or herself, and
the pieces were all put together in a large
sculpture. Among the schools participat-
ing were BB&N, Milton, Phillips An-
dover, Pomfret, Nobles, Brooks, St.
Mark's, Groton, St. George's, Belmont
Hill and Rivers. Fine Arts director
Christopher Stowens and art master Bir-
die Corcoran were co-chairmen.
A GDA innovation for the Bradley Fes-
tival was a Faculty Exhibit of two works
each by art faculty from all of the partici-
pating schools. The show, in GDA's Carl
Youngman Gallery, opened April 20.
Still to come: a Student Art Show May
21 to June 10, with the reception Friday,
May 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and the
showing of Senior Spring Term Art Pro-
jects June 3 to 10, with a reception Friday,
June 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The Gallery is regularly open weekdays
10 to 3, weekends 12 to 6.
A Gold Key, a Blue Ribbon
Erin Saunders '88 received a presti-
gious Gold Key Award in the Boston
Globe's 38th annual Scholastic Art Con-
test. Her drawing of a chair and the
work of other finalists was chosen from
among 4,000 regional entries. She then
received a Blue Ribbon in statewide
competition and her work was sent on
to New York for national judging. This
is the first time a GDA student's work
Pottery master Irina Okula watches a performance at the Bradley Arts
Festival, while Steve Speichinger '90 takes in the exhibits.
has gone so far, says art master Birdie
Amy Russell '89 earned second place
in the Codex Corporation's recent art
competition, in which students from
nine New England prep schools partici-
pated. Her winner was a charcoal col-
lage. Also represented in those contests
were Petica Barry, Jill Goldman, Kendra
Haynes and Cabot Orton, all '88, and
Hamish House '89.
The June 3 Fine Arts concert will rep-
resent the final GDA appearances of a
group of seniors: pianist/violinist Eliza-
beth Leary, pianist/composer Christina
Maria Dalessio, violinist Megan Heer-
sink, vocalist Denny Hannon and mem-
bers of the Slight Breeze jazz combo -
Luke Gilfeather, Dave Adams, Eric Gil-
man, Stutz Plaisted and Pat Colgate.
Rehearsals have begun for the all-stu-
dent production of the comedy classic
Harvey (circa 1944). The play represents
the GDA finale for student director
Martha Wise '88, who previously as-
sisted in A Funn\ Thing Happened and
Voices from the High School. Todd Seeley
'89 stars as eccentric Elwood P. Dowd,
who has an imaginary pooka friend,
Harvey; and Denny Hannon '88, as El-
wood's sister Veda Louise Simmons.
Mike Hyder '89 is assistant director;
Mike Todd '89, technical director/set
designer; Sepp Spenlinhauer '89, lighting
director; Jill Goldman '88, artistic direc-
tor; Beth Sheehan '88, costume and
make-up director. Larry Tretler is faculty
Winter sports at GDA
A tale of two titles
Coach Steve Metz, called the
"Wizard of Byfield" by the
Newburyport Daily News,
guided his varsity basketball
team to its third ISL title in four years
and was honored by the League as its
Coach of the Year.
"It was an excellent season," said
Metz, even though the team lost a heart-
breaker to St. Paul's when defending
their New England prep title. In the reg-
ular season, they had extended their
winning streak in the ISL to 40 consec-
Metz named senior co-captain Carlos
Perez of Elmhurst, NY, the season's
MVP. Perez, GDA's leading scorer with
16 points per game, was also chosen All-
ISL by the League coaches and named
Newburyport Daily News Player of the
Year. He led the ISL in assists and set a
new single-season GDA record for as-
sists, breaking the previous one set by
Andre LaFleur. LaFleur went on to set
the NCAA record at Northeastern.
Perez and Khantzian - plus junior
teammates Bob Pierce of South Boston,
Bob Foster of Chelsea and Donald Con-
ley of Brookline - were named to the
Daily News All- Area Team, and Metz
was Daily News Coach of the Year for
the second in a row.
Metz presented a Coach's Award to
senior Todd O'Brien of Andover and
two Special Service Awards: one to
Khantzian, a two-year captain and
three-year letterman, and to senior man-
ager Jim Sullivan of Andover, for "set-
ting a new scoring record for ISL man-
agers." Sullivan caught errors in
opponents' records that led to two
points, Metz said.
The varsity hockey team captured its
first New England championship in the
school's history, and coach Larry Piatelli
named senior co-captains Matt Caron of
Stratham, NH, and Chris D'Orio of
Marblehead his MVPs. They were, he
said, "the heart and soul" of the team.
The team reached a new level of play
this year, Piatelli said, "outplaying every
team in the Division II tourney." They
Coach Steve Metz looks dotvn the bench; from left, Todd O'Brien '88,
Kyrie Stevens '90 and assistant coach David Moore.
would, he announced, be moving up to
Division I next year.
Caron and D'Orio, plus senior Martin
LaCroix of Rosemere, QU, and junior
Derek Sullivan of Reading, were named
to the All-League team. D'Orio, senior
David Walor of Beverly and senior man-
ager Meganne Murphy of North Hamp-
ton, NH, received four-year varsity
The team, which started the season
and 4, came back with nine straight wins
on their way to a 23-6 season. A 2-1
victory over St. Mark's School earned
them a share in the Eberhardt Division
title; St. Mark's had been undefeated
since the Governors last beat them six
The Governors and goalie Alex Moody '90 defend against a shot by Roxbury Latin.
The varsity volleyball team bounced
back from a break-even season to take
second in the AISGA (Association of
Independent School Girls Athletics)
tournament, losing only to Milton Aca-
demy in the finals.
GDA went into the tourney with a 5-6
record and, after a first-game loss, won
two to beat Dana Hall in the first round
of the tourney. They then beat first-seed-
ed BB&JSI two straight in the second
round, 15-12 and 15-11.
''The high point of the season was
defeating BB&N," says coach MaryEllen
Karin. "They are a very skilled team
with some very talented athletes. I'm
sure the BB&N coach is still wondering
what hit him."
MVP Nancy Hough '88 follows
through on a return.
MVP Deana Giamette '88 returns from her knees, while teammates Al-
ison Magee '89 and Carrie Walton '88 look on.
Milton won the first game of the
championship round 15-11, and GDA
fought back to win the second 16-14.
The Governors ran out of steam in the
third, however, losing 6-15.
Co-captain Nancy Hough '88 of Lake
Forest, IL, was named by the opposing
coaches to the tournament MVP team.
Hough and co-captain Deana Giamette
of Topsfield were named League All-
Stars for the season and were chosen
Women s hockey
"We are making a name for ourselves,"
coach Lynda Bromley told the varsity
athletes. In just their second year as
members of the ISL League, she said the
varsity women skaters "were much bet-
ter than our 3-9-1 record shows."
"The shining moment," she said, was
the last game of the season - their first-
ever win over Brooks School.
She presented four-year patches to two
girls who "were here when the team be-
gan... when we had no uniforms, no ice
time, no locker rooms. ..and no victo-
ries": seniors Michelle LaFlamme of Rye,
NH, and Shawn Gager of Manchester.
LaFlamme received the MVP and Gag-
er, a Special Service Award, and the two
were the first GDA women ever named
to the All-League team. Bromley also
presented a Coach's Award to senior
Jennifer Petschek of Greenwich, CT.
"Caring and daring," were the words
coach Alex White used to describe his
Nordic ski team. He gave the men's
MVP to "Mr. Ski," senior captain Cabot
Orton of Peru, VT, who placed 12th
overall in the ISL.
The women's team placed 3rd of seven
schools for the season, and the MVP
went to "The Number One woman skier
in the ISL" - junior Amy Russell of
Hampton Falls, NH. Russell, who had
just one second in a season of firsts, was
also named All-League. Senior captain
Kendra Haynes of Rowley received her
four-year varsity patch.
Coach Susie Childs and players watch the action. From left: Childs, Kerry
Campbell '90, Jodi Packard '90, Lisa Randolph '88, Lindsey Miller '91,
Mary Beth Childs '88, Catherine Tuthill '91 and injured MVP Kristen
Coach Jim Scheidegger's MVPs were
seniors Jon Morisseau of Palm Bay, FL,
and Paul Whynott of Lynnfield. Moris-
seau went undefeated for the second
year in regular season matches and
placed second in the League's Graves-
Kelsey tournament, and Paul Whynott
of Lynnfield, who was 11-1 with six pins
in the regular season. Whynott took a
5th in the Graves-Kelsey and went on to
place 5th in the New Englands.
A four-year patch went to senior
Andy Rybicki of Byfield and junior Pat
Riley of Scituate was named captain for
1988-89. Riley turned around a 2-9 rec-
ord from last year to a 9-3 this year,
Scheidegger said, and was 6th in the
Senior Hyun Ri Shin, 9 and 3 for the
year, placed 5th in the Graves-Kelsey
and 5th in the New Englands.
Senior Kristen Fowler of Newton, NH,
captured the women's basketball MVP
for the second year in a row. Fowler,
with an average of 17.5 points per game,
led the team in steals and assists. She
was named to the All-League team by
the ISL coaches, was runner-up in
League MVP balloting, and she was Dai-
ly Neit's Player of the Year.
Coach Susan Childs, in her first year
as varsity coach, earned a 6-9 record
overall and 5-6 in the league. She pre-
sented a Coach's Award to senior Mary
Beth Childs of Byfield (no relation).
Tonva Kovach '89 guards an Exeter
Nicholas N. Hatheway, Sr., class of 1935, died August 9, 1987. A resident of Newbury,
he is survived by his wife, Florence.
Rita A. Binette of Newburyport, who worked in the Dining Hall at Governor Dummer
Academy from 1973 to 1983, died January 26, 1988. Mrs. Binette had also worked in the
cafeteria at the Belleville Elementary School. She is survived by three sons, Robert H. of
Newburyport, Bruce R. of Boston and Peter A. of Amesbury; a daughter, Suzanne B. o(
Fort Bragg, CA; a sister, Barbara Bradbury of Taunton; a grandson, Robert B. of Newbu-
ryport; and a granddaughter, Laura E. of Amesbury.
John T. Hjorth, Jr., class of 1952, died unexpectedly on December 8, 1987, at his home in
Marina del Rey, CA. Born in Chicago, Mr. Hjorth also graduated from the University of
Virginia and the University of California at Los Angeles business extension school. He and
his wife Willie opened a custom marine equipment store in Marina del Rey in 1964 and
built Mare Co. Sails into a full-service sail-making operation with clients around the world.
Mr. Hjorth was a leading spokesman for boater interests in the Marina area and served as
director of the Pioneer Skippers Boat Owners Association. He was a member of the
California Yacht Club, former rear commodore of the Malibu Yacht Club, member of the
U.S. Yacht Racing Union, and a former officer of the Sorrento Yacht Club in Maine. An
active multihull proponent, he had participated in the World Multihull Championships.
He is survived by his wife, Willie; a daughter, Elizabeth, and son, John III; a brother, Peter
B. of Sorrento, ME; a sister, Elizabeth Kich of Kailua, Hawaii; and several nieces and
nephews. Memorial services were held at the California Yacht Club with burial at sea on
December 20, 1987.
William R. Ainsworth, class of 1960, died December 21, 1987, after a long illness. Mr.
Ainsworth, 44, a resident of Madison, CT, for the past 10 years, was born in White
Sulpher Springs, WV. He graduated from Denison University in 1964 and from Syracuse
University, with an M.B.A., in 1966, and was senior vice president of Connecticut Savings
Bank in New Haven. He was also very active in the Victims of Stroke Rehabilitation
Program in New Haven. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Updegrave Ainsworth; his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Ainsworth of Madison; a son, Scott; a daughter, Alison;
and a brother, Leonard Ainsworth, Jr., all of Madison.
Luther Gregg Sullivan, class of 1969, an artist-sculptor and painter, died October 27,
1987. A resident of Wilton Center, NH, and Portsmouth, NH, he was also a graduate of
the Cardigan Mountain School, Wesleyan University and Columbia University in New
York City with a master's degree in fine arts. He was a surveyor in Portsmouth, where there
will be a showing of his artworks this spring. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles B. Sullivan of Wilton Center; and three brothers, Peter C. Sullivan and C. Wilson
Sullivan '68, both of Wilton; and David B. Sullivan '65 of Temple.
Paul A. Wasson, class of 1987, of Hampton Falls, NH, died February 1, 1988. He was 19.
Paul was a freshman at the University of Miami, Florida, and was in the process of
transferring to the University of New Hampshire. He was also a member of the U.S.
Marine Corps Reserves. At Governor Dummer, Paul was a memer of the varsity hockey
team. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Wasson; a brother, Richard,
Jr., of Rochester, NH; two sisters, Karen D. Welch and Lynda J. Stiles of Hampton; his
grandmothers, Mrs. Ona E. Viles and Mrs. Camella Coppell, both of Hampton; and a
niece and two nephews.
Paula Sekora '75 and William McKutt
were married October 3, 1987, in Melbourne
Perry Smith '76 and Eva Ribarits were
married on April 9, 1988, in Buffalo, NY.
They are living in the Boston area.
Allison McElroy '77 and Michael Quint-
tus were married on July 4, 1987, in West
Germany, and are now living in New York
Mark A. Ginsberg '85 was married on
Valentine's Day, February 14, 1988, to
Maryanne L. Stolarz of Methuen, in St.
Mary's Church in Lawrence. The new Mrs.
Ginsberg is a graduate of Presentation of
Barbara and Robert Stewart '68 of Bloom-
field, CT, have announced the birth of their
fourth child, a daughter, Kathryn, on De-
cember 1, 1987. She joins Whitney, 8; Brad-
ford, 7; and Lindsay, 3.
Jill and Harold Gilevine '68 of Yarmouth
Port, MA, gave birth to a daughter, Libby
Sarah, on November 3, 1987. She has an
older brother Jacob, 2.
Coco and Roberto Arguello '73 of Coco-
nut Grove, FL, are parents of a son, Roberto
Jose Arguello III, born December 11, 1987.
He joins sister Alexandra, 3.
Bill O'Leary '73 and his wife Libby, in
New York City, are the parents of a son,
William Francis, Jr., born March 31, 1988.
"Will" weighed 7 lbs.
Wendy and Mark Hughes '74 have an-
nounced the birth of a son, Leopold William
Redfers Hughes, on January 21, 1988, in
Northampton, England. He joins brother
Kathleen Coffin-Hourihan '79 and her
husband Dan are parents of a baby girl, Lau-
ren Katherine, born February 27, 1988. Lau-
ren joins brother Jared, 2.
Lynne Durland Sousa '80 and her hus-
band Bob, of Woburn, MA, are parents of a
son, Charles Joseph, born January 11, 1988.
1 1 H '•
Old Guard Alumni
John English '28, Secretary
Carey Morse of Greenwich, CT, vacations
each winter at his home in Antigua. Carey is the
second oldest alumnus of Governor Dummer Aca-
demy; the oldest is Herman Cressey '18 of Row-
"I had a date recently to meet a lady friend at a
certain street corner in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.,"
Jim Gardiner confesses with a bit of embarrass-
ment. "She is about 5*10", quite photogenic and,
when last seen, was putting her auburn hair up in
"At about the appointed hour, a rather tall,
fluffy blonde approached me and asked directions
to a store. I gave her quite explicit directions, but
she did not move on. Rather, she just stood there
and stared at me (and I was expecting Diane to
come along at any minute!). You could have
counted 20 or 30 seconds while I was sizing up this
erratic blonde, finally realizing that she had similar
attractive features and, if I had not had a prior
engagement with Diane, I might well have invited
her to dinner.
"The denouement reveals, of course, my own
vulnerability in not immediately recognizing that I
had been 'had' by a camouflaged voice and a hair
transformation! But it was a happy denouement
because the transformation is attractive and she
has agreed to remain a blonde."
Takanao Kuki reports on the state of his
■ "Japan is very peaceful. I think the reason is that
our police system is good. Besides, there are no
guns among citizens. Only Yakuza (Mafia) smuggle
them to fight each other.
"There is an agreement between our countries
that America will protect Japan if we are attacked
by a third country. I do not like that as your nice
young boys will be put in a dangerous war. In such
emergency, no matter how the enemy is strong, we
will do our best to protect our country by our-
"I said Japan is very peaceful, but it looks very
attractive to gangsters of other countries. Last year
four of them came to Japan from France and plun-
dered Y300,000,000 (about $2,000,000) when the
cash was in transit to a branch office of a bank.
The burglars took the money and escaped from the
country before the police started to investigate.
That was a new problem for our police to study.
"The peace prolonged much of our life, and the
majority of people must be satisfied with the pres-
ent situation, although they have only enough
money to live on."
John English '28 and John Chandler '29 swap memories at the Anniver-
Bill Arnold read the piece on Ould Newbury
in the last Archon with the interest and, recalling
numbers of times he played that course, says:
"I'll always remember in the fall of 1924 or the
spring of 1925, the sight of lovable, wonderful Dr.
Ingham playing all alone with his canvas bag slung
over his shoulder. I'm reasonably sure he put the
bag down when he played a long shot but always
he putted one-handed with the bag over his shoul-
der, and he followed this practice on every hole he
played. I don't recall, however, that he ever had
time to play the full nine."
The so-called "golden years" have not been kind
to Bill since 1979 when he underwent a total hip
replacement which did not come out as expected.
He had to hobble about with a cane and could
play little golf in his retirement in Sun City, AR.
Then last year, he fell, his artificial hip popped out,
and he wound up in the hospital again with all
kinds of untoward consequences, but he now says,
"I truly believe I am getting better again, and I can
walk with a cane without sharp pain."
"We usually winter in our daughter Judy's home
in Southern California," Russ Hamilton writes.
"We travel in a 1979 Pontiac LeMans station wag-
on, affectionately called 'The Old Green Machine.'
The rear side windows neither open nor close, set
in aluminum frames painted black.
"Early one morning en route west to Interstate
10 near Pensacola, FL, we ran into a cloudburst. It
rained torrents, buckets, sheets and pitchforks,
with a cross-wind hammering at the driver's side -
about 15 minutes of very scary driving, visibility
almost nil. At our next stop for a tailgate lunch at
a rest area, we discovered the weather had stripped
the lower sill of the left rear window completely
bare of paint.
"We left it that way, continuing on to Thousand
Oaks, where Judy lived. Never mind what hap-
pened to us! She was full of talk about the town's
brand-new special-design public library: 'You have
to go see it!'
"We did, of course, having had between us 12
years of service as public library trustees back East.
It says much for the library that, when we arrived,
the parking lot was jam-packed full. We waited,
slid into the space left by a departing car, scooted
into the library - which, by the way, is truly out-
standing - and on coming out made a discovery:
"The auto next to ours was an identical twin -
same make, same year, same model, same 'green
machine' color, same roof rack, same everything
except the New Jersey plates.
"Everything? Yes, even to the paint stripped off
the lower sill of the left rear window!"
Having enjoyed the Christmas season at the
Tides Inn, in Irvington, \ A, for the 15th year,
thus maintaining one family tradition, the Bill
Bottgers are about to break another by joining us
for the reunion activities at Governor Dummer in
June. And, as Bill freely admits with tone of regret,
"It will be my first in all too many years."
John Chandler went back for the 225th Anni-
versary celebration in March.
There was a big Pioneer Days Parade in El
Monte, CA, and who turned up in a Wells-Fargo
stage coach drawn by four horses but that hardy
pioneer from La Puente, our Wally Temple.
Richard Gary '38
Research leads to an
Richard Cary, Jr., Town His-
torian in Lewiston, NY, is
working on a book about
ships of Lake Ontario and
the Lower Niagara River, tentatively
titled, Whistles on the Niagara.
While doing his research, he discov-
ered a lake vessel named for a much
earlier GDA graduate. In the book
Namesakes 1900-1909, he found a 282-
foot lake steamer called the George
K4r. George Stone, the book says,
was born in Newburyport on April
24, 1836, and educated at Governor
Dummer Academy. He became a bro-
ker in 1852 and joined William Gard-
ner to establish the commission mer-
chant firm of Gardner, Stone ek Co.,
which became quite successful, and
he was also president of the Corn
Exchange of Boston in 1872-73.
Upon moving to Chicago, he oper-
ated a commission business until
1884, when he became secretary of
the Chicago Board of Trade, with
greater involvement in Great Lakes
shipping. He was vice president of the
Calvin MacKenzie '63
The 'ins' and 'outs'
G Calvin MacKenzie's
fifth book, The In-and-
Outers: Presidential Ap-
♦ pointees and Transient
Government in Washington, was re-
cently published by Johns Hopkins
Cal did some of the legwork for the
book while director of the Presi-
dential Appointee Project at the Na-
tional Academy of Public Adminis-
tration in 1984-85.
Vice-president of development and
alumni relations at Colby College,
where he has been professor of gov-
ernment as well, he just completed a
term as president of the New England
Political Science Association.
His previous books have also been
government-related. They include:
Richard Cary in 1938
Columbian Exposition, and he died
June 21, 1912.
The namesake steamer, built by
F.W. Wheeler &c Co. of West Bay
City, MI, in 1893, a wooden bulk
freight steamer, was active in Great
Lakes commerce until October 12,
1909, when it stranded on Grubb
Reef off Point Pelee in Lake Erie, and
broke up during a fierce storm.
Cal MacKenzie in 1963
The House At Work, The Politics of
Presidential Appointments and Ameri-
can Government; Politics and Public Pol-
icy, which was dedicated to GDA
master David Williams.
Forest Morrill and his wife were in Byfield for
the 225th Anniversary celebration in Marth.
Harold Audei, Secretary
June 17, 18, 19
Cliff Sinnett and his supersleuth friend (un-
named) have helped locate the addresses of several
classmates. We look forward to seeing you at Bus-
ter's on the 17th and The Weekend.
Dick Files continues to live in Mashpee, MA,
and has seven grandchildren. Dick and his wife are
independent distributors for small wood turnings
and decorative items.
Bob Block retired about two years ago after
many years as a real estate developer in Cincin-
nati. He now lives in Boca Raton, FL. He had one
very major piece of vascular surgery several years
ago, and is scheduled for further surgery some time
this month at the Jewish General Hospital in Cin-
L. Alan Bullwinkle from London returned to
GDA last October, his first visit since he grad-
uated in 1938, and he had a great time. The cam-
pus looked wonderful, he commented, and he was
glad to see old friends, e.g. Sagers, Mercers, Stones,
Navins, Eleanor Eames, and to make new ones. He
will be attending the 1938 50th class reunion in
Jack Dyer, Secretary
In a landslide, the executive committee of the
50th Reunion voted not to meet regularly. The
secretary misunderstood the committee chairman
H. Payson when he responded positively by saying,
"What did you have in mind? That's Maine Talk
for 'Gawd, that sounds good to me.' " I apologize
for missing the height of the excitement in HP's
So any member of the class of 1939 who wants to
warm up for '89 in '88, please inform a member of
the committee, which is made up of John
Koslowski, J. Windsor Frost, John H. Dyer,
Henry Payson and Tom Tenney. The commit-
tee met in February and will send out details.
What have YOU got in mind. 7
T* \J Leigh Clark, Secretary
Andy Bailey is still fully active - practicing law
in Boston. It's fun and stimulating for him - so far
after 40 years. He enjoys golf (life's greatest frustra-
tion) and tennis (doubles only), but no more hock-
Bob Little in Vacaville, CA, reports that he is
doing fine and his work has expanded to include
development of nematode-resistant tomato varie-
ties for the coming tomato processing industry of
California. He likes the challenge of finding an-
swers to the problems. He sends his best to all of
his class and others of that era.
T* X Dick Wyman, Secretary
I sure don't hear much from the class. Bill Ab-
bott in Newburyport communicates on occasion
and once in a while, Jack Miller, from Swamps-
cott. I do remember there were quite a few more in
the class, but where are they? I heard from Ployer
(Pete) Hill down in Miami a while back and I
must admit I owe him a note.
I'm doing okay after laser surgery for a torn
retina in my left eye. I play tennis two or three
times (more if asked) a week, but still a bit chubby
here and there.
Ed Flynn is the president of Flynn Financial
Management and a director of the Navy League of
the United States Ft. Lauderdale Council in
charge of public relations. He plays a little golf, gets
lots of sunshine and spends his summers in Maine.
T* w Ted Stitt, Secretary
Your secretary recently had an enjoyable lun-
cheon with Humphrey Simson at Joe's Stone
Crab Restaurant in Miami. Bob Harris was due
to join us, but a last minute change in plans kept
him in Vancouver, B.C. busily designing boats.
Janice and I ran into Derek Lagemann on
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach a few weeks ago.
Derek, from Port Washington, NY, looked tan and
Thanks to the hospitality of Gayle and George
Swift '67, the Simsons and the Stitts went to a
lovely cocktail party in Stuart, FL, along with 20
or more other alumni and friends of the school to
celebrate the 225th Anniversary. A phone call
from Buster Navins further highlighted a great
June 17, 18, 19
I—/ Dick Cousins, Secretary
Frank Hinckley is semi-retired in Marston
Mills, the family business, having been sold. He
keeps active as a bank director and building
materials director, and says it is nice not to have
employees. "I'm spending much more time on the
golf course, and we have traveled a bit. We have
two grandchildren who live here on the Cape,
which is nice. Daughter Elizabeth 75 is running
computer programs for Seattle First National
Bank. Enjoyed reading about Bots Young, Shep
Sikes and the others."
Brad Alden is "Executive VP of Indian Head
Bank, Inc., a multi-bank, $1.7 billion holding com-
pany headquartered in Nashua, N.H. Residence
Rye, N.H., on the water. Married to Sylvia 37
years - four children (all in New Hampshire) and
five grandchildren. Active in church and commu-
nity; a member of Wentwoth-By-The-Sea golf
course and director of Havenwood Retirement
Community in Concord, N.H."
Dave Barnard says "business has been hectic".
He has been active in land development in Maine
and has no plans for retirement. When he is not
Father and son duo, Ash Eames '48 and Ned, at Winter Sports Day.
working, he has eight grandchildren to keep him
Bill Barrell writes from West Boxford, "Re-
tired end of 1987: doing odd jobs around the
house, having fun with the six grandchildren,
walking three miles a day."
Warren Furth writes from Geneva that his
scheduled retirement in August 1988 has been
postponed; he has been asked to stay on for anoth-
er year as Assistant Director General of the World
Health Organization. "Extra-curricular activities
include membership in the Executive Committee
of the American International Club of Geneva
and directorship of the organizing committee for
the campaign of Andrew Sundberg, the first candi-
date for President of the U.S. committed to Ameri-
cans living abroad." Mr. Sundberg is running as a
Democrat, and while there are no illusions he will
win, Warren says "campaigning is fun."
Politics fill the air. Do I remember that in our
1944 school Presidential election, Dewey defeated
Roosevelt by a huge margin? Confirmation or cor-
rection will be welcome.
T* I Dan Hall, Secretary
Charlie McLaughlin writes that after a bout
with shingles, he is back teaching at American
University in Washington, D.C. As editor in chief
of the Frederick Law Olmstead Papers, he has prom-
ised publication of Volumes V and VI within the
next two years. I believe Olmstead was the first
person to use the term "landscape architect" and
his contribution to urban open space in New York
City, Washington, D.C, Chicago and other cities
takes on more significance every year.
Charlie's memories of our '87 reunion remain -
especially the gathering of friends for the Glee
Charlie Hartel, from Plymouth, Ml, has re-
tired from General Motors and has been "taking it
easy." He has had left and right hip operations,
which sound successful since he has traveled to the
Florida Keys as well as the British West Indies. He
and his wife Jane have recently become grandpa-
Last May, Pete Houston, Amherst, NH, com-
pleted 32 years in the fields of independent school
teaching and community recreation to embark on
a new career - the art of storytelling. He has been
performing for school and adult groups throughout
southern New Hampshire and is on call for youth
groups, festivals, conferences, fund raising, or spe-
Storyteller Pete Houston '48
_/ \J Dick Fischer, Secretary
Here's hoping all those broken arms are on the
mend out there! Thanks to Alan Flynn and
Charlie Cashin, we did not suffer a shut-out in
response to my request for class notes.
Alan Flynn reports his daughter, Sarah, a
sophomore at \X esleyan University, is co-captain
of thi field hockey team maji n ing i I i ^sian
studie ind psychology ind singing with the Car-
Nanc and I recently ran into Pete Houston
'48 .11 .i wedding reception in Wellesley. Pete looks
exactly the same as the day he graduated. Their
daughter recently had played in an ice hockey
game vs. GDA.
Our son, David, is a bank officer for The Bank of
New England's hi-tech lending group. Daughter,
Kristen, works at Harvard University (Latin Amer-
i< an scholarship program for American universities
- Laspau) and wedding bells will be ringing in
Thanks to Dave Yesair, Tim Greene, and
Charlie Cashin for their class agent efforts. The
latest report indicates the Class of 1950 looks good.
Charlie Gibbs, Secretary
June 17, 18, 19
The 225th Anniversary Celebration offered the
opportunity to see how GDA has kept pace with
the academic times. The school looks marvelous,
the students typical. I hope many of you can re-
turn for our 35th Reunion and see for yourselves.
Planning to attend so far are Dick Osgood,
Bill King, Charlie Palmer and Charles Gibbs,
and there are several probables.
Newton Hyslop is Professor of Medicine and
Chief of Infectious Disease at Tulane University in
All NEW news is welcome.
Michael Smith, Secretary
Tom Larsen is being married to Nancy Smith
Childs at sunrise on July 9 on Nauset Beach, Cape
Cod, with a reception at their home in Chatham
at 4:30. Nancy has two sons, Chris, 19, a freshman
at Hobart and Nick, 13, in the Weston schools.
With Tom's four - George, 26; Lisa, 25; Bob, 24
and Chris, 18 - they make quite a family. Nick is
going to be Best Man.
Philip Angell, jr., Secretary
The 225th Anniversary of Governor Dummer
Academy on March 1 brought back to campus
chairman of the Board of Trustees Skip Pescoso-
lido, trustee Bill Ardiff and class members Dan
Leary, Bill Spence, Larry Eliot and Phil An-
There is no parallel in the history of Governor
Dummer Academy to the energy, leadership and
support that Skip is giving to GDA. It is reflected
in the quality of education and educators, in the
condition, appearance and growth of the school
and in the reputation that has grown and is pro-
ven by the past and present student bodies. He
writes that the Academy is in an outstanding posi-
tion and increasingly in demand.
Bill Ardiff is secretary of the Board of Trustees
and has served as school attorney and member of
the Executive Committee during his 16 years as
trustee. In addition to his extensive service to the
school, he has given tirelessly of himself as an
active leadership level participant in all aspects of
life, from participation in his home condominium
association, his community as Danvers School
Committee member, bank incorporator, historical
soi icty member, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA,
college alumni association, trustee of a college, and
professionally in his local and county bar associa-
tions and as founder, member and driving force in
two law firm partnerships, since becoming an at-
torney in 1962.
Nine of our class members, Larry Eliot,
George Gardner, Monty Graham, Peter
Haendler, Bill Stone, Dan Leary, Phil An-
gell, Bill Friend and Skip Pescosolido, have
passed upon the quality of education at GDA by
sending their children there. Three are in the pre-
sent student body and a tenth has been accepted
for the fall of '88.
Pete Littlefield has retired as commodore of
Riverside Yacht Club and has both children in
college, at Bates and St. Lawrence.
Allan Keith, at Alliance Capital Management
Corp., manages investment portfolios for small
and medium-sized insurance companies. He is one
of the five town councilmen in his community. His
oldest daughter graduated from St. Lawrence, the
second is at Ithaca and the youngest is in the 8th
A. C. Hubbard is with T. Rowe Price Asso-
ciates, an investment firm, as VP and director. His
wife has been head of admissions-financial aid at
Bryn Mawr School; their oldest daughter grad-
uated from Colby, a son is at UVM and the
youngest is a high school senior.
Charlie Volpone is with Capital Analysts of
New England, a financial planning business "more
exciting than golf business." Bill Spence is in
land development and single family home devel-
opment, with free time spent sailing in Narragan-
sett Bay or in the Virgin Islands. Raymond H.
Rignall, Jr. is with CARE in Cairo, Egypt.
Don Hicks, who runs his own PR and advertis-
ing agency in Coral Gables, FL (large and success-
ful), ran into Bernie Michals at the Copley Plaza
in Boston. Don has a daughter graduating from
Washington and Lee Law School and a son from
Amherst in May. Congratulations.
Tony Marquis from Portland, OR, has taken
on a new position - representing the John Hancock
Insurance Leasing Co. - which will occasionally
bring him back to Boston and give him a chance to
visit Byfield. He has a son being married in Hawaii.
Jim Dean, Secretary
'Twas an evening of all evenings! Yes, I am talk-
ing about the 225th Anniversary of Founder's Day
at GDA on March 1. It capped off a day of joyful
marches, speeches by political dignitaries, a sympo-
sium on the future of independent schools, lun-
cheons, a banquet in the gym and fireworks. It was
all great fun!
At our supper table that night, there were such
friends and classmates as Bill Spence, Hunt
Blatchford, Widge Needham, Bill Ardiff,
Bob Hicks and Tom Elder. My wife was excited
to hear Widge tell of the success his son was having
as a sophomore at GDA, while just two years ago
Hunt's son became a new alumnus of GDA.
Since all the suppermates were interested busi-
nessmen and investors, they unanimously cham-
pioned Ben Goodspeed's book, the Tao Jones
Averages on whole-brained investing. The book
will stand as a lasting memorial to our late friend.
Jim Sylvester '58 and Harvey Hay-
den '58 at the alumni hockey game.
Back in 1955, Ben was a small but very aggressive
pulling guard on the GDA football team. The
captain of the team that year was Vin Sgarzi. Last
fall Vin realized a lifelong dream when he was
asked to officiate the national championship foot-
ball game between Miami and Oklahoma. You
must have seen him!
The celebration after that Miami game could
have only been matched by the spirited guests
attending the 225th. Tears were in our eyes as old
glee club members, under Art Sager and Ben
Stone, led us in songs and the alma mater. Remem-
ber the alma mater/
Following on with the beat of the music, we
enjoyed an excellent video of GDA past and pre-
sent and heard some fine addresses by Peter Brag-
don, Dodge Morgan '50 and Carl Pescosolido '55.
Outside the gym, students, teachers and towns-
people waited patiently for us to finish the banquet
so we all could gather for the climactic display of
fireworks. I felt so proud to be a part of the cele-
bration and the school!
June 17, 18, 19
As of now, 18 class members are included as
"definites or probables" for our 30th Reunion June
17-19. Hope you can join us for a GREAT time.
Reunion questionnaires are providing your Sec-
retary with meaty news on classmates.
Tony Bourn is in Stratham, N.H., where he is
a physical therapist with a focus of sports medicine.
Daughter Brienne is Class of '91 at GDA. Tony
Will be at the 30th.
Dick Croll is living in Kentfield, CA. He is an
active bird watcher and member of the Audubon
Society. Dick will be at our 30th.
Jim Main is still in the San Francisco area,
working in sales and marketing for Japan Airlines.
Also, coming from California for our 30th. Anoth-
er airline executive is Ward Miles, with TWA
and living in Brookfield, CT. He is active in sailing
and sailboat racing.
Harry Temple is in Perkinsville, VT. He is a
dedicated outdoorsman - bicycling, XC-skiing, and
hiking. Ken Weene is a psychologist living in
Syosset, NY. He may be at the 30th.
Mike Dunsford is in his 15th year at Lake
Tahoe, where he is in real estate development
consulting and commercial sales. His son Mike is a
junior at the University of California at Davis and
on the crew team; his daughter Betsy will enter
Sacramento State in the fall and his daughter Lau-
ra will be married in the fall of '88. "Send money!"
What better way to spend a beautiful June week-
end than seeing old friends and making new ones.
Richard Henry has moved to Yardley, PA, to
be closer to office in Princeton. Wife Anne now on
math faculty at Lawrenceville School, which is in
its first year of coeducation. Daughter Meagan is a
freshman at Princeton - sings with one of the small
singing groups (Tigressions). Daughter Marion is in
9th grade at Lawrenceville and son Jamie in 5th at
Princeton Day School.
Rick Benner writes, "I am a middle-aged grad-
uate student (doctor in career counseling) at the
University of Virginia. Had been working as coor-
dinator of career development for Arts and Sci-
ences here at UVA for five years until last fall.
Brad Conant has been working in Topsfield,
just down Rt. 1 from GDA, as credit manager for
Salem House Publishers, a new start up company.
Millar Brace, Manlius, NY, started a second
family in the fall of 1986, when his daughter Eliza-
beth Virginia was born. A little over a year later,
he writes, he became a grandfather when his
daughter Marie Rebecca Brace O'Quin gave birth
to a son, Christopher Alexander. "So. ..my daugh-
ter is an aunt at 16 months."
Fred Bissell writes from Dubuque, IA, "I had a
great time in New York seeing Jack Tarbell. I
also feel bad I missed my 25th class reunion. I
enjoyed returning to GDA over Thanksgiving.
Hello to Messrs. Mercer, Murphy, Navins and
Sperry. I miss you!!"
Charles Rignall received his master's degree in
communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Insti-
tute, and works for Traveler's Insurance in Hart-
f S" *"% Tom Tobey, Co-Secretary
\J L* Burke Leahey, Co-Secretary
Stan Healy has been at Aritech Corp. in Fra-
mingham, MA, since 1984. In 1987 he became vice
president/general manager of the firm, which de-
signs, manufactures and markets electronic compo-
nents for the security industry. He has lived in
Sudbury, MA, since receiving his MBA from
Wharton in 1972. He and his wife Sarah have two
children, Alison, 10, and Andrew, 8.
Bob Fullerton, Secretary
June 17, 18, 19
Edgar F. Kaiser, Jr. '61
Another around-the-world record for GDA
On February 22, 1988, Ed-
gar Kaiser became the
first owner-operator to set
flight record since Howard Hughes
did it in July, 1938 - 50 years ago.
When Kaiser touched down at
Vancouver International Airport, he
had set nine new speed records for
the size of aircraft. In his British-built
Aerospace 800, he and two copilots
jetted 23,414 miles in exactly 47
hours, 43 minutes and 26 seconds.
One purpose of the journey was to
collect funds for a favorite philan-
thropy - the Kaiser Substance Abuse
Foundation - which Edgar and his
wife, Judy, set up two years ago to
help prevent drug abuse by young-
sters in the Province of British Co-
lumbia (Kaiser became a Canadian
citizen in 1980). The foundation's
main project is to set up a drug educa-
tion program in primary schools,
Grades K to 7, by the fall of 1989.
Some $160,000 in pledges had been
received shortly after he landed, but
Kaiser said that equally as important
as raising the money was "raising peo-
"If the kids we're trying to reach
with our program can visualize a mid-
dle-aged top gun going around the
world and all that neat stuff, they
know what can be done by staying
healthy and not getting on drugs.
That's really what made the trip im-
Former chairman of the Bank of
British Columbia, Kaiser has been in-
vesting in such "leading edge" enter-
prises as fish farms and the marketing
of glacier ice. He has a key interest in
Edgar Kaiser in 1961
Aquarius Sea Farms, which will sup-
ply luxury restaurants in the U.S.
and Canada with cultivated salmon.
The firm Ice Age, Inc., will export
"the Perrier of glacial ice" from north-
ern British Columbia, to make drinks
Also a championship skier, sailor
and guitarist, Kaiser recently piloted
his own yacht, the Calliope, up the
Amazon. The vessel is so sophisticat-
ed, it has its own area code. He is also
rumored to be organizing a Formula
One racing team for an Asian car
His personal credo: "I am - 1 can."
An earlier graduate, trustee Dodge
Morgan '50, broke the record for
solo, non-stop circumnavigation of
the globe in his 1985-86 journey in his
60-foot cutter, American Promise. He
became the first American to com-
plete such an effort and he set 12
records in the process. His journey
took 150 days, one hour and six min-
utes. (The previous record, set by a
British sailor in 1971, was 292 days.)
Well, by now, you are being deluged with infor-
mation on the Reunion. It's supposed to be that
way. Tis said that one is not affected by advertis-
ing until he's.... (notice we can still say that in our
case - I'm not saying that's good - just that we can
still say it) heard or seen the ad at least three times.
Therefore, the more often you hear about Reun-
ion, the better the chance you'll consider attend-
ing. A good number of classmates who have al-
ready indicated that they WILL be there. I am
hoping that even more are teetering and just about
to fall off the fence on the "will attend" side. Two
notable examples are Chad and Forbes! Jon
Shafmaster's name keeps jumping between the
"may attend" and the "will attend" lists. He knows
it and I know it, so let's make it official once and
for all: Shafmaster - Will attend! Come on guys,
let's really have a good turnout.
Bob McGilvray's letter may be in contention
for a Postal Service (both U.S. and Canadian)
speed/distance record. Not an enviable record,
however, 'cause based on the cancellations, the
letter went back and forth across both countries
for well over a month. It was mailed sometime in
1987 - the cancellation is smudged - and arrived
the first week of February 1988.
Bob wrote: "Married, with a son, 4 1 :, and
daughter, 3, dad practicing architecture - recent
Ii n id ntial ipartment building for
single mi it I.. 1 5. Vancoi ila e to live."
,..but Boh added another note on the back
wlm Ii I inn i line with you. "Sorry my West
Coasl residence will make being .it (JI)A for the
Reunion impossible (I am rarely back East). Your
Meredith, NH, address brings back fond memories
ofsummei holidays at Winnipesaukee (Wolfeboro)
with Fred Evans '67. I once considered moving
back to Center Sandwich, NH, to work with an
old friend, Dick Devens, who has a healthy ar-
i hiti-i inn prai in e there. Though I like the North-
west, I sometimes miss New England autumn and,
yes, even "muddy season" and spring. Please give
my best regards to friends at the Class of '63 Reun-
Randy, how long have you been spelling your
name with an 'm'?
'Twas a slow month for mail. Please keep the
cards and letters.... (RFD 1, Box 907, Meredith,
NH 03253 or 603-279-5570). See you June 17-19th!
Ben Beach, Secretary
Manchester, N.H., architect Paul Hemmerich
has been working on school and bank renovations
and played a part in the master planning for Hollis
School District, which expects enrollment to near-
ly double by the year 2000.
Andy Rimmington, a sergeant major in the
Canadian militia, shipped off last winter to Prim-
rose Lake, a frigid post on the Alberta-Saskatche-
wan border near the 55th Parallel. He had to go
because of a rumor that Canadian troops might be
needed for a U.N. peace-keeping force in Nicara-
gua. The duty slowed Andy's steady march toward
a professional degree in engineering, still two se-
Bill Barnes is vice president of engineering and
production for Environmental Products Corp. in
Fairfield, CT, which makes reverse vending ma-
chines that give money for returnable containers.
The new chairman of the National Trust for
Historic Preservation is Robert Bass, a trustee
Mike Miles, who sells financial plans for First
Investors Corp. in Boston, was the top insurance
producer for his office 1987. Among his clients is
Jeff Harris, who lives in Haverhill, develops
automated management decision systems for De-
partment of Defense contractors and travels to
Utah, Florida, California, New Jersey, and Wash-
ington, D.C. In his spare time, Jeff plays racquet-
ball, tennis and bridge.
The answer to America's foreign trade problems
just may lie in Nitro, WV. According to Reid
Pugh, vice president (sales) of Vimasco, Japan
can't get enough of the coatings Vimasco makes to
remove asbestos. Next, Reid plans to start selling
the Japanese Nobody Special compact discs.
Carl Spang, Secretary
June 17, 18, 19
There is good response from '68 for the Reunion
in June. Among the committed is Rob Lord, from
Falmouth, ME, who especially hopes to see
"Boots" Brown, Win White, Cal Bernstein,
Don Hayes, Joe Mclntire, Marc Urann, Dan
Scott Arthur '73 breaks champagne on the bow of the Isaac Allerton,
named for his Mayflower ancestor.
Scott Arthur 73
Norman James, FF
Former student, teacher team up for christening
Norman P. James, who
taught German at GDA
from 1964 to 1973, is now
operator of Nantasket
Water Transportation Company, a
water commuter service between Bos-
ton and Hull. He writes that he was
looking around recently for a suitable
way to christen the newest boat, the
Since the boat was to be named for
a Mayflower passenger, who was the
first to map the Hull peninsula and
whose name is attached to several
local landmarks, James called the
Mayflower Society to locate a direct
descendant who might be willing to
do the honors.
They gave him the name and ad-
dress of Scott Arthur 73, an 11th
generation descendant of Isaac Aller-
"Scott graduated the year I left and
took typing from my wife Leslie,"
writes James. "He was delighted to
have an excuse to break a bottle of
champagne over the bow and the
boat was launched appropriately. In
addition, Scott brought with him his
fiance, Susanna Viglietta, to whom
he had become officially engaged sev-
eral hours earlier.
"Scott and I are working together
on a further project, a Boston to Hull
race of one-man ocean shells. Anyone
interested in rowing eight miles in
open water in July should give us a
Ogg, Pete Barkin, Steven B. Murphy, Cam
Smith, Dana Babcock, Dave Wescott, Art
Veasey, Steve Parker, etc."
Also: Bob Stewart, a lawyer in Hartford, CT,
who wants to see "everyone." Bob and his wife
Barbara greeted their fourth child, Kathryn, on
J. Hale Smith will be coming from Milton; he
is with Chase Access Services in Lexington. Rick
Kaye-Schiest, from Springvale, ME, hopes Dana
Babcock, Paul Geres, Cam Smith, Boots
Brown and Wayne Barbaro will also be here.
Boots Brown is coming from Boulder, CO. He
is still single - running, skiing, climbing, swimming,
biking, diving, taking pictures. John Wannop
will be here from Woodstock, VT, where he is with
the Woodstock Resort Corp. He especially wants
to see Carl Spang.
Art Veasey will be coming from nearby Hav-
erhill (Art is with Cambridge Trust in Cambridge).
So will Josh Burns, a lawyer (Martocci &. Burns)
with offices at the South Street Seaport in New
York City. He is also a trustee and secretary of the
Trustees of the Riot Relief Fund, which provides
support for surviving spouses and children of New
York City police officers killed in the line of duty.
Jim Rudolph, another lawyer (with Gargill,
Sassoon &l Rudolph in Boston), will be coming
from Swampscott, and Dave Westcott from
Brownsville, CA, where he is a director of the
Soper- Wheeler Co.
Among the "not sures" at press time, perhaps in
need of a call, are Simon Carrel, who is with the
Bell Group International Ltd. in London; Charles
Johnson, at Meadow Hill Farms in Henderson,
KY; and Harold Levine in Yarmouth Port, MA.
Keep the "yesses" coming!
Debbie McClement, Secretary
June 17, 18, 19
Dave Metcalf will be at Reunion with bells on,
all the way from Vienna, VA, where he is with the
Suerdrup Corp. He and his wife Kathleen have
two children: Jonathan, 4, and David, 2.
Adolph Haffenreffer will come from Little
Compton, RI, where he is with Little Compton
Sand &l Gravel, Inc., and vice chairman of the
Planning Board. He and wife Lisa have three:
Lindley, 7; Adolf IV, 5 and Andrew, 2. Adolph
has kept in touch with Wyatt Garfield, Chris
Baker, Robin Cohen Baker.
How about a little persuasion for "unsures"
Roberto Arguello, Corrine Bosch Duffy and
Glen WinkeL Roberto is in Coconut Grove,
FL, with the Northern Trust Bank of Florida, and
president of the Nicaraguan American Bankers
Association, as well as president of the Notre
Dame Club of Greater Miami and a director of
Boystown of South Florida.
Corrine is working part-time from home in Hali-
fax, NS, where she is a member of the board of the
Halifax YWCA. She and husband Jack have two
children: Kate, 7, and Joe, 5. She keeps in touch
with Laura Loring and sure would like to see
Margie Lampert and Andrew McClellan.
Glen is a "mad scientist, joyous father, profes-
sional bicycle racer," who has taken up windsurf-
ing over hang gliding " 'cause the water is softer
than the ground." He is also in the Department of
Zoology at the University of California in Davis,
and he and wife Cindi have one son, Bryan, going
on 2. He sure would like to see "Alan Wade
Kumpy! Fred Collard, Dave Goldbaum, Jim
Fox and Chris Caldwell," and he keeps in touch
with Dennett Buettner, "the very first person I
met at GDA."
I T* ]on Sendor, Secretary
Steven Shapiro has been named a managing
director of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., in
Paula Sekora, Melbourne Beach, FL, was mar-
ried Oct. 3, 1987, to William McNutt. Stephanie
Eames Farrar was maid of honor and her daugh-
ter Carey, flower girl. Stephanie reports that Paula
was a beautiful bride and that her wedding was a
gala event; she also says that Joe Sekora '72 is great
and still as "Joe" as ever.
Stephanie and her husband Craig vacationed for
a month in Florida. Stephanie is now very busy
with volunteer work; she is community resource
director in Mansfield, MA, and heads up a public
radio show for the blind, T.I.C. (Talking Informa-
tion Center) on WICN. She is working hard to get
a similar information program on cable TV.
Carol Goldberg, Secretary
Since big birthdays are in the mind of all Govies,
the classmates of the class of '76 were asked to
comment on being "Thirty-something" for the first
Yours truly prefers to think of the impending
birthday as marking the first anniversary of her
29th birthday. As for news, all's well in L.A. Have
survived two earthquakes, 80-m.p.h. Santa Ana
winds, torrential rains, and the visit of the Duke
and Duchess of York! The job is great and has me
traveling extensively on the West Coast. Am single
and have had so many blind dates in the past six
months I need a seeing eye dog!! Hello to everyone.
Perry Smith is an attorney with New England
Life's general counsel office in Boston. Last May he
received his masters of law in taxation degree at
B.U. and now focuses on tax planning using insur-
ance products. He married Eva Ribarits on April 9,
1988, in Buffalo, N.Y. and honeymooned in Hun-
gary, Austria, Switzerland and the French Riviera.
Congratulations to Perry and Eva. Perry says,
"Whoever thought we'd turn 30 back in 1976?"
Fred Gemmer writes that on his 30th birthday-
he will welcome a new baby into his life. His
daughter will be three years old and he and Con-
nie will be about to celebrate their seventh anni-
versary! Fred and Connie moved back to Maine
from Boston, and he is now a sweater buyer for
L.L. Bean. Fred says "hello" to Chris O'Connor,
Chris Taylor, Reynaldo Arguello, Cyrus Gil-
man, Yvonne Grunebaum, Peter Lee, Gor-
don Boulger and Diane Nearis.
Eric O'Brien feels that at 30, he's getting too
old and serious. "However, I will still participate in
Spring Alumni Day." Eric has moved to Delaware
and married his fiancee from Massachusetts, Nena
Cordero. "Delaware is very nice, but we still want
more visitors." Eric and Nena had a GDA reunion
at their wedding. David Phippin '77 was Eric's best
man. Others attending: Debby and Steve
French, Arlene and Chip Caldwell, Linda and
Dave Higgins, Tom Balf and Sue and Peter
Phippen. A wild party. Eric is now manager of
lockbox operations for Citibank, Delaware.
Ted Reed says that turning 30 is overrated! "In
May of '88 I return to Japan as a delegate for the
city of Portland, Maine, in a cultural exchange
event with Shinagorua City, a suburb of Tokyo.
Of course, we will look up old friends from our first
stay, too. I am getting married in September '88 to
best friend Susan Pollis. For the most part, this is
an 'about time.' " Ted is now a product devel-
opment manager for UNUM Life Insurance Co.
News also arrived from far away lands (and you
all thought California was far)...
Noo Sinthavanuchit says turning 30 is okay
as long as you still look 29! Noo is home in Bang-
kok, Thailand, and writes that his company, Na-
Alumni skaters Jay Doherty '76, at left, and Bob Torr '77 on Winter Sports Day.
paratana Ltd. ha on revenue
,000 in ! ! nillion US in I
I I.S.! Noo is still
! sends his "hollos" to Perry
Danny Auerbach says that even though he is
30, he still will continue to act like he is 12. Danny
pleted lus MBA from that institution down
the hill from my grad school Boston College (Sh-
hh...l lie has moved to Hong Kong to
work tor a small ventun i apital firm buying busi-
nesses in Asia. The job is exciting and quite differ-
ent - a great opportunity to study Mandarin as
will. Danny says, "I am neither husband, nor fi-
an< e, nor parent (I hope) and am enjoying being 30
and never kissed." Danny says hello to Buster
Navins, Chris Harlow, Tom Balf and all of our
Keep those letters pouring in y'all. Have a great
Tim Richards, Secretary
First of all, the bad news: A couple of issues ago,
I reported that Andy Sterge was living with his
wife Mary Lou in Philadelphia. Andy has since
notified me that they are nor currently married,
nor are they living together. Whoops! I hope both
Andy and Mary Lou (Adams) will accept my apol-
ogy for the confusion on that small detail.
Now for the good news: Andy proceeded to
inform me, however, that he and Mary Lou will be
getting married this September and plan to make
their home in Malvern, PA, where they just
bought a house. Congratulations! Andy recently
started a career as a bond trader with Core States
Bank, where he is specializing in financial futures,
options and mortgage-backed securities. As for
tennis, "I am still a pretty active tennis player and
play for the few pro tournaments a year I can fit
into my schedule - unfortunately, I usually get
kicked around a little."
Jim Rugo called to say hello. He's living in
Marblehead, MA, and was going to send along
something to share with the class, but. ..Jim, I'm
Amy Kaplan called from the Big Apple, but
after leaving messages on each other's answering
machine several times, I was not able to find out
how she's doing. Keep on trying, Amy.
Allison McElroy was married on July 4, 1987,
Anna Hill '85 takes a shot during the alumnae-varsity women's basketball
game in January. From left: Tonya Kovach '88, Hill, Randy Tye '79 and
Regina Glansberg '88.
in West Germany, to Michael Quinttus, assistant
director of the wine division for an importer in
New York City. They moved from Boston to New
York City and Allison is working as a senior in-
vestment analyst in the mortgage and real estate
division of Teachers Insurance.
As for the class "pool," it was a real washout.
Thought it might raise some interest, but to no
avail. Drop me a line at any time and I will share it
as you wish. I'd love to hear what's going on out
there since 77.
Leslie Lafond, Secretary
June 17, 18, 19
Bradford Clark has begun the ordination
process for the priesthood of the Episcopal
Church. He hopes to be enrolled for an additional
year of Anglican Studies beginning next Fall -"be-
fore surrendering my professional student status!"
Geoffrey Gwynne is graduating from Yale Di-
vinity School in May, and he'll be ordained in the
Episcopal Church in June 1988.
I y Abby Woodbury, Secretary
Salutations to the class of '79. On March 8, I left
Hill, Holliday advertising after a 3 '/2-year stint as a
media planner. My new position is at another
Boston agency, Arnold & Co., as an account exec-
utive on Fleet National Bank. Even more exciting,
however, is my new status as an aunt to Andrew
Woodbury Bates born Feb. 8, 1988.
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful response
with the postcards. And here is the news...
Tom Atkinson is busy juggling two careers.
Tom is an engineer for IDE Association of Billerica
and plays rock and roll with "Rampage."
Debbi Baker Black and husband Jim are liv-
ing in Magnolia and she is working in radiation
oncology at Salem Hospital. Jim has just begun a
new job at Immunogen in Cambridge, doing re-
search on breast cancer. Deb's mom, Mrs. Baker,
just started at Pingree this year.
Martha Blake "is still living and teaching 1st
grade in Newport," and she will design and direct a
new summer program for her school. She is also
applying to Columbia Teachers College for fall, for
a degree in early childhood education.
Duffy Bowditch is an actuarial assistant for
George Beram and Co. in Newton Highlands. He
and his wife Nancy are living in Millis and are
"looking forward to the reunion next year."
Cedric Cornwall is completing his second year
as an assistant state public defender with the Mil-
waukee office of the State Public Defender. Cedric
is "overworked and underpaid" and welcomes
phone calls from former classmates.
Life is good for Caroline Field in Georgetown -
' "I am very happy, wandering around the beauty
business." Caroline would appreciate any leads on
Liz Dudensing's whereabouts.
Jeff Garnett and wife Kristen are living in
Providence, RI. Kristen works in Providence and
Jeff commutes to Boston to Ciba-Geigy, making
sure doctors are prescribing his company's drugs.
Stephen Judson is vice-president at Columbia
Artists Management Inc. in New York City; "No
wife, no kids yet." I applaud Steve's enthusiasm as
The real tragedy
is they never had
a San Diego
BALBOA PARK, SAN DIEGO.
Appearing in one of her own ads is Leslie Robins '80. She works for Pala International, the advertising agency
that represents the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau.
he writes, "Let's get our classmates to reach 100%
participation in the Annual Fund."
Kathleen (Leary) Livermore is enjoying
motherhood in West Newbury - "Just celebrated
Ted's second birthday. ..getting to be an expert on
Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers." Kathleen asked
for addresses and phone numbers of Greg Wi-
cander and Lisa Williams - can anyone help me
Susie Potter writes, "I am still working at CSA
Financial as a marketing representative. I sell lim-
ited partnerships and my territory is the East
Coast. I recently traveled to New Orleans for busi-
ness and was able to enjoy Mardi Gras."
Lisa Sapuppo is living in Watertown and work-
ing at Harvard University-General Counsel. "No
spouse, no children. ..yet!"
Johanna Stephan Rossi is teaching 5th grade
at Fairlee Elementary School in Vermont. She
misses Boston but is enjoying rural life. She and
her husband recently bought some land and are
working on plans for a cabin.
Randy Sue Tye writes, "Hello everyone - from
GDA basketball MVP to collegiate basketball to
woman bodybuilder, then on to competitive power
lifter ranked second in the - nation benching 210,
squatting 350 and deadlifting 435 (pounds). Now
on to the health-oriented world of aerobics, row-
ing, and biking. I'm proud to mention that I've lost
18 pounds (since 12/87) and am working on the
final seven. I am the marketing manager for my
father's business and am representing 68 beers and
a wine cooler. I love it and am very happy." I
recently saw Randy, very briefly, en route to a
Celtics game (the Celts won by a point!).
In his inimitable style, Avery Woodworth was
married and I had to read about it in the Archonl
Wife Liz does appear to be his better half as she
writes, "While Avery is lounging and baking pan-
cakes, I thought I would write to you and try and
motivate him!" Avery adds, "Married life is great.
Elizabeth and I have been working on our house -a
never ending battle. Have seen lots of Caleb Es-
miol and Larry Whitten; both are well. Larry
recently ran into Gretchen Roorbach in
Stephen Perry is completing his fifth year at
Hawaii Prep and has signed up to return again
Well, folks, that's all the news for now. Expect to
hear from me soon - until then, my new number at
Arnold 6k Co. is (617) 357-1900.
Ov Pam Kurtz, Secretary
Kevin Callahan recently moved back to New
York City and is still working for Toronto Domin-
ion Bank, despite the Crash. He's been in contact
with Nick Taylor, Jared Squires, Bryan
Rourke, Jim Gardner, Dana Jones and Liz
Evans, and reports the following: "Nick has
moved from the Windy City of Chicago to the
sunny LA area; Jared is now a retail stockbroker at
Shearson Hutton Investment Trust; Bryan is a
reporter in the Boston area; Jim is a happily mar-
ried man living in New Hampshire and is still Mr.
Pepsi; Dana moved back to the Washington area
with the Mrs. and Jr.; finally, rumor has it that
Ms. Evans is going to tie the knot sometime this
Since our graduation, Hossein Sadeghi has
obtained his civil engineering degree (BSCE with
distinction) from Cornell University. In 1985 he
left Ithaca for the land "Down Under," after being
accepted to medical school at University of
Elaine D'Orio P'88 and Carol Kurtz P'80, members of the 225th Anniver-
sary Committee, on March 1.
iti rid this
Brisbam '88. Besides my
studies, I have been workii ublii hing .1 re
i m. loo asionally
juash, tennis, swimming at
the beach. Ir is very rel • r here with excel
well-endowed girls and OK guys. I wish every-
iil the best and n besi regards to i-ouraj,
Amir and Peter Morse."
Lynne Durland Sousa and her husband, Bob,
nounce the hirrh (if their son,
Charles Joseph. 1 >n lanuary 1 1. Lynne will be going
bai 1 to work in March and Simmons this summer.
I [ohn, a i you? Let me hear from you!)
Erica Baum is still at QPA Personnel in Boston
"it's a wild business!" Erica is teaching an adult to
read with the Adult Literacy Program - a big
. hange from sales all day. Erica has "seen tons of
Colby people all over - what happened to every-
bi idy from GDA?"
Neda Kalhori married Majid Attarha in Octo-
ber, 1986, and then moved to Exeter, NH. She is
the mortgage assistant at Seabrook Bank and
Trust. Neda hopes to come to the next reunion
and extends her best wishes to the class of 1980.
Russell Savrann is an associate at the law firm
Singer Stoneman Kunian &c Kurland in Boston,
specializing in real estate. He passed the Massachu-
setts and Florida Bar exams. Russ is getting mar-
ried August 27 at GDA's Moseley Chapel to Jen-
nifer W. Wolff of Guilford, CT, and Nantucket.
Armon Pisdotchian '81 will be one of the ushers
and Russ extends an invitation to teachers or
alumni to visit at the ceremony.
Ginger Bushell is still working for MITRE
Corporation in Bedford as a consultant. The last
project she worked on had her involved with the
NASA Space Station program - "pretty interesting
stuff." Presently midstream in the business school
application process, Ginger has been admitted to
Yale and Dartmouth, and is awaiting word from
several other schools. Outside of work, Ginger is a
member of the board of directors of MASS
Choice, the state's pro-choice organization. "Keeps
Joe Benson is living and working in the North
Andover area for the family engineering business.
He sees Dave Callan and Steve Moheban fre-
quently and has "cornered a few classmates at the
last phonathon - good talking to you." Joe is pre-
paring to run in the Boston Marathon and is
looking forward to the next Alumni Day. Chris
Stafford is also in the area, working for AT&T as
a quality control engineer, working with suppliers.
Presently, Chris is living in a condominium in
Lawrence (South) - "It's not as bad as everyone
says." Chris has been down to Millis, MA, to visit
Duffy Bowditch 79 and his wife, Nancy, quite a bit
and sees Joe Benson at Cedardale for a little bas-
ketball. "Where is John Wise? The last I knew he
was a DJ in Maine. Now, is he married and co-class
Kathryn O'Leary, Secretary
Susan Perry is receiving her master's degree
from Arizona State University in May.
Sarge Kennedy writes, "After six months as an
assistant to the president, of a New Hampshire
manufacturing company, and one year running
several of my own small businesses, I am now
heading to Australia as an independent agent
working to license Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream for
production down under. Also helping to promote
our export and export a new pivot-wing windsurfer
called the wind-weapon. Having fun!"
Joe DiNanno '84 promotes his class on Winter Sports Day.
w ]ohn Nye, Secretary
1 attended the full day of festivities at the school's
225th birthday, hoping many classmates would be
there. Much to my surprise and dismay, however,
it was not until 6 p.m. that I saw anyone from the
class of '82. I am sure the rest of this issue will
describe in full the big day, so I won't. Classmates
can look forward to hearing from me at some point
in the coming weeks. Until then, enjoy your free-
dom and let's make a strong showing in the next
Jeff Leavitt is married and the proud father of
two. He and Sherri live in an old farm house in
Seabrook, NH. Jeff manages an auto parts store.
Susan Studley, Secretary
June 17, 18, 19
Hello everyone! June 17 will be here before we
know it, and that is why it is crucial for you to
make plans now. This reunion will not happen
without your input.
I am still teaching pre-school in York, ME, and
very much enjoying it, although sometimes the
children wear me down. I recently heard from an
honorary member of our class, Mr. Ragle. He is
teaching at Kimball Union Academy and having a
great time. He sends his best and hopes to return
late Saturday afternoon to help celebrate our reun-
Karen Gronberg is in her final year of nursing
at Northeastern and will be graduating the week-
end of our reunion. She already has a great job in
Burlington, MA, which she will start this summer.
Todd Brown is teaching U.S. history and gov-
ernment at Pomfret School. He is also coaching
basketball and lacrosse, and is a dorm master in an
upper class dorm. Todd recently saw Chris
Frangos, who spent the last year traveling with a
band in New York City. Chris is now working at
Letty Baum is assistant manager of Casual
Corner in Copley Place. Karen Gronberg tried to
reach Dan McLaughlin for the reunion and the
number Dan gave us is for Boston Party Makers.
She was talking to a "Dan" before she realized it
was the wrong Dan. Dan, what is your phone
Rusty Stahl is now back in Washington work-
ing and hopes to return for reunion. Greg Meny-
hart stopped in York on his way up to Maine. He
loves Chicago and McGrandy is keeping him busy.
He is planning to attend the reunion.
Rick Stram is working hard for IRA and living
in Braintree. Will Adams is living in Wakefield
and sees the Hoffmans quite a bit. He is working in
real estate, as is the real Dan McLaughlin.
Becca Lapham is finishing up at Lake Forest
College and will graduate this May as a business
major. Ann Sperry is living in California and
working in radio. She loves the West Coast, but
plans to return to New England in June. Amy
Welch is living in Cambridge and is also planning
to return in June.
Sarah Bradshaw recently moved to Los An-
geles; she has no plans, but is having loads of fun.
Karen Fasciano is living in Marblehead and
teaching at the Landmark School. However, she
plans to go to graduate school next year. Laura
Koffman-Carty is keeping busy with her gallery
and her adorable kids. She sends her best to every-
It was great to hear from you all. Keep the news
Ot 1 Matt Carothers, Secretary
Bill Temple sends "A big 'Hi' " to everyone!
I'm no longer (he writes with joy) going to school,
I'm now a full time disc-jockey at 102.3 KFIV in
Modesto, CA, where I've lived for nearly three-
years. Very exciting work, and quite demanding!
Since there are 300,000+ people in a 25-mile radi-
us, always something to do. Very nice to sign my
first real money contract; the income derived fuels
my lifestyle quite comfortably. Special Hello to
Caro, Tao (Baby, 'how you been?) and the rest of
the Inghamites! Someone else, too. H! Mr. Ry-
O ^D Sean Mahoney, Secretary
Esmee Huggard writes, "Hi Tater, nothing too
earth shattering, yes still some good news... First,
both Mike and I have transferred schools and are
now at the University of California at Berkeley. I
saw Amie Breed '84 one night when I was out on a
date - she looked great. Also on my 21st B-day in
October, Elizabeth Bertlesen sent me a ticket to
fly East for the "Head of the Charles" regatta. I
had a great time! For Thanksgiving, Beth flew out
to San Francisco and we hung out at Haight-Ash-
bury for a few days. We had so much fun during
these two visits together that Beth had decided to
attend summer school with me at Berkeley (room-
mates for a third time!). Also, over New Year's
"The Dead" played San Francisco, and of course
Jerry's two favorite roadies Linda McCarthy and
Andrew Webber were close at hand! Mike and I
met with them in Union Square.
Jill Twomey is in Florence, Italy, studying this
spring. Well, that's it, if Mike doesn't write you
here's a quick synopsis of what he's up to. ..same as
me except he has joined the Sigma Phi Fraternity
(bet you're glad I stuck in that exciting news!).
Anyway, I won't be back for the 225th Anniver-
sary day, but will make the spring games in late
May. Weasle (Mer) said that she saw you not too
long ago and said you were doing great (what else
can we expect from a tater though!) But neverthe-
less, I was glad to hear it!
Paula Goldberg began working at Goldman
Sachs on Wall Street in January. Next semester
she's going to London and will have an internship
in investment banking.
From Florida, Lisa Demeri reports, "I'm having
a great time at Rollins with Kappa Kappa Gamma
and have been very busy with Panhellenic presi-
dent responsibilities. Believe it or not, I don't
spend much time by the pool, at least not as much
as Basem Pharaon! I just spoke to Mike Ter-
rile, who is painting a lot, and Diane Frangos
just sent me a postcard from London! Hope to see
everyone in the spring!"
We also received word from Quinn Pollock,
who writes, "Since I decided to take some time off
from Middlebury last February, I've been working
at a Jeep dealership in Gloucester. I'm finding out
how enjoyable schoolwork really is. I've been
hanging out with Nolden Johnson now that he's
at the Rhode Island School of Design - just like the
old days! Lexi and Beth Bertleson have both
visited me at the dealership.
" From Duke, Jon Shain reports, "I'm combining
my interests in music and history by researching
the Blues scene in Durham, NC, home of Rev.
Gary Davis, Brownie McGhee, and others. I'm
also playing guitar for the Slewfoot Blues Band - a
local favorite. Congratulations to Rosyln and hel-
lo to George, Mike, and everyone else I haven't
seen in a while."
A brother at the Florida Eta chapter of Sigma
Phi Epsilon, Jim Tagg writes that, "I have a girl-
friend named Kim Laskoff, presently the world
slalom champion for women's water skiing. I plan
on moving to Orlando eventually, but I first plan
to get an MBA. I hope to graduate cum laude - it
looks possible right now."
Also from the Deep South, Victoria deLisle
reports, "Loving Tulane. I made a 3.9 last semes-
ter, was elected to the Political Science Honor
Society, and served as editor of the Pre-Law Socie-
ty Newsletter. I will be going to Paris to study for
six weeks this summer, and am very excited!
Jeanne Smith will be studying in Talloires,
France, and traveling around the Continent this
summer. She also plans to study European taxa-
tion in Geneva, which is less than an hour from
"I'm trying to get a slot for Ranger School this
Steve Bucknall '85
Hitting stride on Tar Heels defense
The University of North Car-
olina's loss to Arizona in
the West Regional finals of
the NCAA Tournament
was a disappointment to Steve Buck-
nall fans who wanted to see him go all
the way, but the big (6'6") junior
(GDA '85) has plenty of reason to
"Steve really had a great year," says
former GDA coach Steve Metz. "This
was the year he had to make some
real progress in defense and he did.
He has proven himself defensively.
He started for them."
"I'd like to see him prove himself
offensively next year," Metz goes on,
"...which I think he has the capacity
Bucknall, a small forward, scored
only five points against Arizona,
though he had averaged almost 10
points per game for the Tar Heels all
season. He has been rated by some,
says Metz, "as one of the best de-
fensive players in the country."
A business and communications
major at UNC, Bucknall wants to be
a sports broadcaster.
The London native's introduction
to the U.S. was through Dave Cow-
ens' basketball camp when he was 15.
He arrived at GDA as a sophomore
and played three years. Though he
was on the injured list much of his
junior year, and played in a total of
only 55 games, he still owns much of
Steve Bucknall in 1985
the GDA Record Book:
*Most points in a season (758 in
*Second in total career points
*Most points in a single game (47
against Brooks on Feb. 6, 1985)
*Highest average for a season (30.3
per game in 1984-85)
*Highest career average (26.0 points
*Most rebounds for a season (309
for 25 games in 1984-85)
*Third in career rebounds (655 in
Bucknall's "pro" prospects are very
good, Metz says, if he continues to
summer," writes George Hasapidis. "This isn't
easy because there are 30 of us competing for just
15 slots, and I'm up against a lot of good runners in
the physical conditioning tests. In an effort to close
the 'running gap,' I have gone back to using Mr.
Abusamra's cross country workouts with good re-
And from Suzi Black: "Hello Class of '85! I'm
alive and well and eating too many crepes in Paris.
I see Alexa Berghager and Kate Appleton here
often, because our programs are housed in the
same building. Paris is extraordinary, but the men
are too slimy for my taste! I can't wait to get back
to everything American, especially Doritos and
Diet Coke. Hope to see many people at Stephanie
D'Orazio's wedding in May. A bientot!"
Mark Ginsberg married Maryanne Stolarz of
Methuen on Valentine's Day. They now live in
Newburyport and both work for the Tandy Corp.
As for me, life is treating me pretty well. I recent-
ly took over the reigns as captain of the Penn
lightweight football team, and I've been keeping
busy as executive vice president of my fraternity.
I'm trying to squeeze the most out of college life
before the stark reality of graduation sets in. If
you're ever in Philadelphia, stop by 4028 Walnut
St.; you're always welcome. I'd like to thank every-
one for keeping in touch and encourage you to
come to Alumni Day this spring. It's a really good
chance to get together and reminisce about the
good old days. Hope to see you all there!
Monique Proulx and Mark Thompson,
Vicki Krasnakevich writes from Boston Uni-
versity that she has been disappointed in her class's
"poor showing in the Archon. I am embarrassed
after looking at what the classes of '85 and '87 have
reported. I know our class is not boring!"
So, she sends the following: "I am now sharing
int with Jeneannc Pina in
■ .,'. | | predicted al
mosi >uld have lived to-
reat. Gene Taft has trans
ind I see him often. Tom von Jess
iny. Bill Sweeney is
g his BC experiences. Alex Marculewicz
is en: ment life in Rhode Island and has
visited me a tew timi
"I have also seen Trai y Bodge '87 in New York,
Tim Pouch '87, Buzz Crocker '87, Adam Kneis-
sler and Noah Wendler. Jeneanne has seen
Rees Fischer and Diana Gerren.
"I really enjoy BU and 1 just got accepted as a
transfer student to the Communications School's
Film and Broadcast Department. This summer I
will he working for the Boston Tourist Council."
O / ]im Andriotakis, Secretary
Buzz Crocker writes from his 14th floor pent-
house at BU that he is in a band called "Who-
ville." He was nice enough to invite me backstage if
his band goes on tour of the U.S. Good luck, Buzz.
I can't wait!
Lyndsay Rowan is loving Princeton, especially
now that hockey season is over. The team ended
up in 2nd place in the Ivies - behind Harvard by
one point! I guess Lyndsay had a great time, but
we'd better watch out, because she has a mean
slapshot now. Her favorite classes are painting and
contemporary art history. Lyndsay and Leslie
Sevilla hit the slopes in Aspen over Spring Break.
Diana Stram dropped a quick note because she
was on the Colgate ski team and they were head-
ing off to the Easterns at Waterville Valley. She
says the school is great and fun and she sees Jen
Griffin and Sue Brackbill a lot.
Here's something interesting: Lisa Carrigg has
her own radio show on WDCE in Richmond.
Except for the fact that the show is at 7 a.m., Lisa
says that she is really happy and having fun.
Both Andrew Rockwell at Allegheny and Jon
Fosdick at Lawrence are pledging Delta Tau Del-
ta. Rocky is playing spring lacrosse and Foz is
taking some driving lessons.
Amy Mack writes from Skidmore that she
loved waking up this winter at 6:30 a.m. to go to
hockey practice, but her hard work paid off. She
was tied with Melanie D'Orazio '86 for top point-
scorer. By the way, Amy described her enthusiasm
for dissecting things in her biology labs; I think we
have another doctor on our hands. Hopefully we'll
never get sick.
Bill Dumoulin is doing well in school, feeling
great, and St. Lawrence is looking good for next
This winter I was busy with studies and trying to
survive the harsh winter in the bitter tundra re-
gion of Geneva, NY. Other than that, I made it
out to Killington and Sugarbush a few times.
The Alumni Association
Alumni Clubs at GDA?
Over the years there has been talk of starting alumni clubs for the
Academy. Now is the time to put these words into action.
The main purpose of an alumni club is to maintain strong ties between
alumni and their school. Another way to view the club is to see it as a
regional alumni association made up of dozens (or hundreds) of graduates who want
to remain closely involved in supporting the Academy.
A club can...
* Sponsor social, cultural and educational events;
* Recruit students;
* Participate in Academy fund-raising activities;
* Encourage members to return to campus for special events and programs;
* Keep members informed of Academy news.
The Alumni Association has been reorganized so it can provide stronger links
between our alumni and the Academy. Alumni clubs would be a natural evolution,
a means of establishing a more effective association in many parts of the country.
For example, alumni clubs can play a valuable role in recruiting students. The
greater the alumni/ae involvement with the Academy, the greater the alumni/ae
ability to serve as ambassadors. Club members could contact prospective students
and their parents to answer questions and give them a better understanding of the
school. Alumni may encourage application to Governor Dummer, as well as report
any insights which might be valuable in the admissions process.
An alumni club is simply a formal way to communicate the Governor Dummer
story on a continuing basis, and to provide numerous opportunities for involvement
with the life of our school and with your fellow alumni/ae. Will you accept this
challenge where you live?
If you would like to help found an Alumni Club in your area, please complete and
return the coupon below to the Office of Alumni Affairs.
-CLIP AND MAIL
To: Christopher Harlow, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs:
Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, MA 01922
YES, I am interested in starting an Alumni Club in my area.
The Class Secretaries
Old Guard Classes
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Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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Beverly, MA 01915
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Maitland, FL 32751
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
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Byfield, MA 01922
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T*3 71 Federal Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
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40 P.O. Box 846 .
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4/20 Hillcrest Road
Reading, MA 01867
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4" 49 Elm Street
Wellesley, MA 02181
RADM Thomas Emery
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, DC 20374
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J \J 68 Meadowbrook Road
Needham, MA 02192
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Rowley, MA 01969
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Attleboro, MA 02703
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JT 1 1 1904 Harmony Lane
Potomac, MD 20854
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JJ Box 116
Randolph, VT 05060
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South Berwick, ME 03908
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Georges Mills, NH 03751
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JO 75 Market Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Waban, MA 02168
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1300 South Washington Street
Peoria, IL 61602
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61 P.O. Box 305
Campbell Meadow Road
Norwich, VT 05055
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Los Altos, CA 94022
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160 King Caesar Road
Duxbury, MA 02332
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Meredith, NH 03253
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O^T 167 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
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03 233 Sherwood Drive
Bradenton, FL 33507
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DO 5733 South Kimbark Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
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Bethesda. MD 20814
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OO RFD 1, WidwallRoad
Newmarket, NH 03857
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Newport, RI 02840
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Rockville, CT 06066
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5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, CA 93023
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Mundelein, IL 60060
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East Northport, NY 11731
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Hyde Park, MA 02136
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Hampton, NH 03842
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St. Lawrence University
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Canton, NY 13617
University of Pennsylvania
3820 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
36 Old Pine Island Road
Newbury, MA 01950
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Newburyport, MA 01950
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Newburyport, MA 01950
Reunion '88 Classes)
Student Art Show
Annual Fund Finale
Fine Arts Concert
Spring Alumni Games
May 27 and 28
June 9 and 10
June 17, 18 and 19
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Byfield, MA 01922
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